The UK has been forced to stop its military patrols over the Black Sea after two Russian fighter jets flew “dangerously close” to an British aircraft. It happened on September 29th, as stated by Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. Russia acknowledged the incident took place in the international airspace. It is believed that the RAF RC-135 airplane was flying a regular patrols over the Black Sea when it was “shadowed” by two Russian militarized SU-27 fighter jets. Wallace informed parliament Britain had suspended patrols following the incident. They also expressed concerns to Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. ‘The total time for the exchange that took place between Russian aircraft and Rivet Joint was about 90 minutes.
The incident, which happened on September 29 was described by Wallace as an “potentially risky engagement” but said it was not deemed to be a “deliberate escalated incident”.