Moscow summons military attache at US embassy

MOSCOW, May 23 (KUNA) — The military attache at the US embassy in Moscow was on Monday summoned to the Russian Defense Ministry.
He was notified that on May 22, 2016, Russian air defense facilities spotted an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force on aerial surveillance over the Sea of Japan close to the border of the Russian Federation, the ministry’s press service and information department said in a statement.
It noted that the aircraft had the transponder turned off.
The crew did not inform air traffic controllers of the region about its route, the ministry added. The plane was flying at altitudes used by civil aircraft on regular flights.
The Defense Ministry drew attention to a need to take measures for ruling out such situations in the future during the fights of US reconnaissance aircraft close to the Russian borders. (end) as.msa

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