The US claims that the drone that crashed into the Black Sea following encounters with two Russian fighter jets won’t provide any intelligence to Moscow should it attempt to recover its wreckage.
Russian officials stated that they would seek out any remnants of the MQ-9 Reaper which was destroyed on Tuesday.
Sergei Naryshkin is the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service. He said that Russia had the technology to recover the fragments of the drone. These fragments are believed to be located off the west coast Crimea.
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According to US officials, Russia may have already sent ships there.
General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff appeared relaxed at a Pentagon news conference about the possibility of locating the drone worth $32 million.
He stated that he would work with recovery operations. This is US property. It probably fell apart. It’s unlikely that there is much to be recovered.
“As far the loss of any sensitive intelligence, etc…. we would take (and we did take) mitigating steps. We are confident that anything of value will no longer be of any value.
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John Kirby, spokesperson for the National Security Council, stated that the US will take steps to safeguard the information and “minimise any attempt by anyone else to exploit the drone for useful content.”
Officials would not reveal how they would protect Reaper. However, the US military has admitted in the past that they could remotely remove sensitive data from drones and render their systems inoperable.
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After a Russian Su-27 fighter plane poured fuel on the drone, the US claimed it dropped it in the ocean and hit its propeller while it flew in international airspace. American officials are currently working to declassify surveillance footage from drone in order to prove this.
Russia denies that it caused the accident. This has led to one of the worst escalations in relations between the two countries for many years.