Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that Russian fighter jets had intercepted two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – a US-made MQ-9 Reaper and a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 – over the Black Sea, without specifying in which country or countries. they belonged.

“To prevent a possible violation of Russia’s airspace and to thwart the reconnaissance mission of the UAVs, two Russian fighter jets took off,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement, adding that the drones “changed course and left the area where they were performing a reconnaissance mission”.

Earlier yesterday, the same source had announced that the Russian armed forces “destroyed” two Ukrainian warships in the Black Sea.

In recent months, there have been several engagements between Russian and Western aircraft over the Black Sea and the Baltic. Last March, Russian Su-27 fighter jets intercepted a US MQ-9 Reaper over the Black Sea, which eventually crashed. The incident had caused a further escalation of tension in Washington’s relations with Moscow.