The flights of Russian aircraft comply with international rules of airspace use. This is the official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov, commenting on the statements of the Pentagon about the ‘unprofessional’ intercept of U.S. spy plane over the Baltic sea
“We are already starting to get used to the insults of representatives of the Pentagon for alleged “unprofessional” maneuvers of our fighters in intercepting the Russian borders American reconnaissance aircraft,” — said Konashenkov. Thus, according to him, “reconnaissance aircraft RC-135U whenever trying to sneak up to the Russian border with the transponder turned off”.
The defense Ministry explained that the defenses raised in the air fighter to establish visual contact with the aircraft to identify the type and numbers of the vessel. “I U.S. air force there are two solutions: either not to fly near our borders, or include a transponder for automatic identification our radar by means of objective control”, — said the Konashenkov.