Andre Rhoden-Paul

Live Reporter

We’re now ending our live coverage following the US drone crash after an incident with a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea.

Here is a recap of what we know:

  • The American military has accused a Russian Su-27 fighter jet of colliding with a US unmanned drone, causing it to crash into the Black Sea
  • Russia denies that its jet had any contact with drone during the incident
  • The US says two Russian fighter jets tried to intercept the drone and dumped fuel on it, before one struck the propeller of the MQ-9 drone in international airspace during a “unprofessional act”
  • The drone, used for aerial surveillance, was involved in routine operations, according to the US
  • The Russian defence ministry says it scrambled its jets after it detected the drone flying over the black sea, near the Crimean Peninsula, before the drone crashed after a “sharp manoeuvre”
  • The US has summoned the Russian ambassador over the incident
  • Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the US, said the meeting between him and US officials was “constructive”, but that differences remain on how each country views the incident

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