Russia and Belarus alliance 'could be dangerous' says Wood
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The Moscow Defence Ministry released a statement explaining the incident which had taken place. The statement explained that a British RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft “tried to approach the state border of the Russian Federation in southwestern part of the Crimean Peninsula”.
The aircraft was then diverted away from the area by a Russian Su-30 fighter.
Major General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the ministry, said: “About 19 miles from the Russian Federation state border, the Su-30 approached the reconnaissance aircraft, after which the British plane changed course away from the Russian border.”
Footage from the area was able to capture the incident of the British aircraft being intercepted.
It comes after Russia sent two nuclear bombers over Belarus as the dispute between Belarus and Poland intensifies.
The two supersonic Tu-22M3 bombers reportedly flew over the area as a “task of combat alert for air defence”.
A spokesperson for the Polish government, Piotr Muller, has said that they “expect there could be an escalation of … an armed nature any time soon on the Polish border”.
Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, blamed Vladimir Putin for the ongoing migrant crisis at their border with Belarus.
Thousands of migrants are waiting at the border to progress through into the country, in dire conditions with temperatures at dangerous levels of cold.
Mateusz Morawiecki claimed: “This attack which Lukashenko is conducting has its mastermind in Moscow, the mastermind is President Putin.”
Mr Morawiecki told the country’s parliament that the “neo-imperialist politics of Russia are advancing”.
He continued: “This is the latest attack of [Belarusian leader Alexander] Lukashenko, who is an executor, but has an enabler, and this enabler is in Moscow, this enabler is President Putin, which shows a determination to carry out the scenario of rebuilding the Russian empire, the scenario that we, all Poles, have to forcefully oppose.
“We’re convinced that the operations on Poland’s eastern border … are part of a bigger operation, part of a more coordinated attack, an attack that has the character of a new kind of war, in which people are used as living shields, and in which another weapon, known from other wars has been used … disinformation.”
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Germany’s acting Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday: “Mr. Lukashenko …unscrupulously exploits people seeking refuge as hostages for his cynical power play.
“But the European Union cannot be blackmailed.”
However, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has refused to back down to the demands of the EU.
He said: “We are not seeking a fight.
“I am not a madman, I understand perfectly well where it can lead.
“But we will not kneel.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stood on the side of Belarus, as he believed that the migrant crisis was down to Western military “adventures”.
He said: “Why, when it comes to refugees heading to the European Union from Turkey, did the EU provide funding to keep them on Turkish territory?
“Why can’t the Belarusians be helped in the same way?”
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