The latest incident provides yet another obvious answer to this question, which is now drawing the attention of the international society.
A few days ago, “CL-600” reconnaissance plane of the United States Air Force that had been flying over the Black Sea suddenly dived from the altitude of 11,000 meters down to 9,200 meters, making a rush into the civil airway. As a result, a passenger plane of Russian Aeroflot had to change its airway to deal with the emergency.
With regard to this incident, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation stated that the provocative acts by the U.S. and NATO calculated to sound out the reliability of the Russian anti-aircraft system had seriously threatened the civil aviation in general as well as the life of people, and warned that Russia will mobilize all possible means to contain such provocations of threatening its national security.
It is not the first time that the U.S. has committed this provocative act of causing danger to the civilian flights over the Black Sea.
On October 6, a Russian cargo plane flying over the coast of the Black Sea was forced to hurriedly change its course when it detected a flying object similar to a NATO reconnaissance drone. Another incident of international concern occurred on October 13 when a passenger plane had to lower its altitude in order to avoid a likely collision with a U.S. reconnaissance plane “RC-135” which had made a sudden rush into the airway.
Countries of the world had long sought solutions to prevent threats to civilian airplanes and to ensure their normal flights, which culminated in the conclusion of Convention on International Civil Aviation on December 7, 1944. The United States is a state party to the Convention.
The latest incident has occurred at a time when the humankind is witnessing the heartbreaking tragic killings of innocent civilians and the unprecedented refugee crisis, all being caused by the American “military operations” in various parts of the world including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It has clearly showed once again that the United States is indeed a destroyer and disturber of the global peace, as it habitually commits military provocation against other countries without any consideration of the international laws, and the life and safety of civilians.
The provocative acts committed by the U.S. in the Russian border areas with the aim of isolating and weakening Russia and further tightening its encirclement of Russia will invite strong countermeasures from Russia.