The United Kingdom has denied claims by the Kremlin that a UK reconnaissance plane violated Russian airspace over the Barents Sea close to Norway and northern Russia.
A spokesman for the UK Ministry of Defense in a comment to U.S. cable news channel CNN on Aug. 16 said a UK Royal Air Force aircraft had conducted a regular operation in international airspace over the Norwegian and Barents Seas and later returned safely to base.
According to him, a Russian MiG-31 fighter conducted a dangerous interception of the British RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft. The British plane was in contact with Russian civilian air traffic controllers and the crew acted professionally, the ministry spokesman said.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the British plane had "violated the air border" Russia in the area of Cape Svyatoy Nos, a headland that extends into the Barents Sea from the northern coast of the Kola Peninsula. It said the MiG-31 "forced it out."
In turn, Russian collaborator Sergei Tsekov, who calls himself a "senator" in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea, claimed that the incident it was "a provocation and a 100% threat" to the Russian Federation.