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Russian fighter aircrafts collide with US drone, Pentagon confirms | USA TODAY

Two Russian SU-27 fighters conducted an intercept of an MQ-9 drone over international waters which U.S. officials said showed a “lack of competence.”

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A Russian jet collided with a U.S. Air Force drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday, causing the drone to crash after an “unsafe and unprofessional intercept,” the U.S. military reported.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning when two Russian SU-27 fighters conducted an intercept of the MQ-9 drone that demonstrated the pilots’ “lack of competence,” according to a statement from U.S. European Command. One of the fighters clipped the propeller of the drone, forcing U.S. operators to bring it down in international waters.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan briefed President Joe Biden on the incident, John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told reporters Tuesday. Russian pilots have intercepted U.S. warplanes in recent weeks but not in such a “reckless” manner, Kirby said.

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