North Macedonia: Russia reacts to flyover by two US aircraft

North Macedonia: Russia reacts to flyover by two US aircraft

The Russian Federation was quick to respond when two American warplanes flew over the airspace of North Macedonia, accompanied by four Greek aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force as a welcome to NATO. The Federation took to Twitter to report that US bombers had been intercepted in the Black Sea by Russian Air Force aircraft.

The two US Air Force aircraft, accompanied by four Greek Air Force aircraft, flew over North Macedonia as a welcome gesture after the country became the 30th member of NATO.

The flight of US warplanes over Skopje today is an expression of our continued support for North Macedonia, as well as a gesture through which we welcome you as the 30th member of NATO, said US Ambassador Kate Byrnes.

“Today’s flyover is an expression of our enduring support for North Macedonia and a gesture through which we welcome you as the 30th NATO member. It is only fair and right that in recent weeks our biggest focus has been on the joint fight against Covid-19, but we must not allow it to overshadow the country’s historic achievements – joining NATO and receiving the green light to commence its EU accession talks. These have been the ambitions of our two countries for more than two decades. Despite the fact that in the past our attention was focused on the fight against the pandemic, we faced these challenges together as allies. Furthermore, the United States really shows that it is here to support the NATO alliance and our new ally. This flight, which we followed today, is a symbol of the deepening phase of our cooperation”, said Byrnes, who followed the US Air Force flight with Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska.

Two US Air Force aircraft, accompanied by four Greek Air Force planes, flew over the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia today in honor of the country’s accession to NATO.

The American planes took off yesterday from the state of South Dakota and took a 30-hour flight with air supply. The planes flew at an altitude of 1,500 meters.

 

Russian Embassy responds

The Russian embassy in Skopje reported that two U.S. military bombers flying over North Macedonia had been intercepted in the Black Sea by Russian warplanes.

In a post on the official Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in Skopje, and in response to the post of the American Embassy in North Macedonia, the Embassy writes:

“Two US B-1 Lancer aircraft from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, heading towards state border of Russia over the Black Sea have been intercepted today by two Russian Sukhoi fighter jets #StopNATO”.

Russia’s Defense Ministry states that Russian fighter jets forced the US bombers to change course and fly outside the Russian Federation, with two Su-27Ps and a Su-30SM taking part in the operation. /ibna