According to journalist Deborah Haynes, the Americans will try to remove or destroy secret technologies in the fallen MQ-9 UAV.
The US Department of Defense is declassifying a video of the collision of a Russian Su-27 fighter with an American MQ-9 Reaper drone. This was announced by US Defense Department spokesman Pat Ryder during a briefing.
“We are now declassifying the video of the incident and will inform you in the future. [о подробностях]”, Ryder said.
After the incident, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov was summoned to the State Department, who spoke with Karen Donfried, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and assessed the meeting as constructive.
State Department spokesman Ned Price explained that the Russian ambassador was called in to “make a strong objection.”
In an interview with the Russian press, Antonov called the appearance of an American UAV over the Black Sea a provocation, and also stated that the Russian Federation did not use weapons against the MQ-9 Reaper drone.
US Department of Defense spokesman Pat Ryder on MQ-9 Reaper drone crash
US Ambassador to Russia Lynn Tracy also sent a note to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Asked if the U.S. would retrieve the downed UAV, Ryder said there was no information yet. However, according to media reports, the US will try to destroy the “secret” technologies that are present in the MQ-9 Reaper drone.
Journalist Deborah Haynes believes that the US does not currently have the capacity to raise the MQ-9 Reaper, which has important elements on board.
“The Americans will try to do everything in their power to ensure that everything secret is not available – remove or destroy,” Haynes explained.
In turn, the Russians will try to pick up what is left of the multi-million dollar UAV.
Recall that the United States will discuss with representatives of the Russian Federation the incident with the MQ-9 Reaper drone. According to White House spokesman John Kirby, the US leadership will discuss the case directly with representatives of Moscow.
Earlier, Focus reported that the Russian Federation said that Russian fighters did not make contact and did not use weapons to “land” the MQ-9 Reaper UAV.
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