Russian military jets made “provocative” flyovers on a Canadian frigate taking part in a multinational naval exercise in the Black Sea this week, ratcheting up the war of words a notch.
HMCS Toronto has been serving in the Mediterranean in recent months as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Forces. Last week, though, the frigate sailed into the Black Sea to take part in the U.S.-led Operation Sea Breeze, which will see ships from several other alliance members engaged in three days of exercises off the southern coast of Ukraine.
On Sunday, three Russian aircraft — two Su-24 fighter jets and a slower An-26 surveillance plane — reportedly buzzed the Canadian vessel.
Defence Minister Rob Nicholson denounce the overflight as unwarranted during a fragile ceasefire. “The acts perpetrated by Russia were unnecessarily provocative and are likely to increase tensions further,” he said in a written statement.
“Canada and its allies are involved in security measures taken by the acts of military aggression perpetrated by the Putin regime and because of the invasion of Ukraine,” he said. “The message that Canada is sending — along with the rest of our NATO allies — is that Russia’s reckless actions must stop.”
According to news reports, the one of the planes flew within 300 metres of the Canadian vessel.
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