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Russian Jet Fires Missiles in Vicinity of British Plane

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Things certainly do appear to be getting dicey in Europe these days, as the Kremlin’s desperate struggle to remain militarily relevant continues to devolve.

The latest episode of egregious aggression comes to us from the Black Sea, and appears to have Great Britain fuming.

A Russian fighter jet “released a missile” in the vicinity of an unarmed British surveillance plane, the U.K.’s defense minister said Thursday.

Ben Wallace told lawmakers in the Houses of Parliament that the incident occurred in “international airspace over the Black Sea” on Sept. 29.

An “unarmed RAF RC-135 Rivet Joint” plane was “interacted with by two Russian armed SU-27 fighter aircraft,” one of which “released a missile in the vicinity of the RAF Rivet Joint beyond visual range.”

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The British plane completed its patrol and returned to base, he said.

Wallace was not amused.

“In light of this potentially dangerous engagement,” Wallace said he “communicated my concerns directly with Russian counterpart,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s chief of defense staff.

“In my letter, I made clear that the aircraft was unarmed, in international airspace and following a pre-notified flightpath,” he said.

He added that Russia’s Ministry of Defense had replied “that they had conducted an investigation into the circumstances of the incident and stated it was a technical malfunction of the SU-27 fighter.”

Russia has long held the western world and NATO at bay with their unruly nuclear threats, but a direct attack on allied personnel would certainly change the calculus.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.