In exactly the kind of thing people said could spiral into a nuclear conflict, Britain and America urge Russia to respect international air space, particularly that West of Crimea....that well known area for US war machines to be flying in.
...no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party...So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.
Simplicius - BREAKING: Russian Su-27s Finally Down American Drone Near Crimea
(quote) During the '80s, the Black Sea was actually a hotbed of Russian naval ramming activity, as US ships were regularly rammed out by cavalier Soviet sailors.
And elsewhere Russian pilots, too, had pioneered such aerial techniques as dumping kerosene on American pilots. In this article one can meet 'air hooligan' Vasya Tsymbal who was famed for such tactics:
Once in the north, Vasily Tsymbal did not change his habits. In September of 1987, however, as always, there was unrest near the Kola Peninsula - American and Norwegian NATO members flew quite often, entering Soviet airspace several times a day, and aircraft carriers plowed the Barents Sea, from which these planes took off. When Vasya ran to his faithful Su-27 for the seventh time in a day, putting on a helmet on the move... Probably, he really wanted to use fire to kill and missiles with a nuclear warhead, to be sure.
But no corresponding orders were given, and Tsymbal was left with only his good old trick. Having persuaded his comrade, he together with him arranged rain of stinking kerosene for the Americans. Oddly enough, it helped a lot - the Yankees began to appear much less in the region. And there were no consequences for Vasily.
Serves the Seppoes right. It has to be said that the Allies are adept at small provocations which infuriate American Caesar but provide no pretext for escalation....;O)Clio the cat, ? July 1997 - 1 May 2016 Kira the cat, ? ? 2010 - 3 August 2018 Jasper the Ruffian cat ? ? ? - 4 November 2021
' “Several times before the collision, the Su-27s dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner,” the US statement said. “This incident demonstrates a lack of competence in addition to being unsafe and unprofessional.” [...] Mary Ellen O’Connell, a Notre Dame Law School professor and expert on the international law and the use of force, noted that by dumping fuel and downing the drone, the Russian pilot was “further polluting the fragile Black Sea” '
What a joke, especially coming from the country responsible for this:
'In the area, the leaks would only affect the environment where the gas plumes in the water column are located. A greater effect is likely to be the climate impact caused by the large volumes of escaping methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The released volume is approximately 0.25% of the annual capacity of the pipelines, an amount nearly equal to the total release from all other sources of methane in a full year across Sweden. A Danish official said these Nord Stream gas leaks could emit a CO2 equivalent of 14.6 million tonnes (32 billion pounds), similar to one third of Denmark's total annual greenhouse gas emissions.
The methane emissions from the leaks are equal to a few days of the emissions from regular fossil fuel production. However, the leaks set a record as the single largest discharge of methane, dwarfing all previously known leaks, such as the Aliso Canyon gas leak.
Equipment measured no increase in atmospheric methane at Bornholm. A weather station in Norway logged an unprecedented 400 parts per billion (ppb) increase from a base level of 1800 ppb.
Scientists from several European countries have analyzed the impact on marine ecosystems. The shockwave is stated to have killed marine life within a radius of 4 kilometer and have damaged the hearing of animals up to 50 kilometers. An estimated 250,000 metric tons of seafloor sediment containing lead and tributyltin used in anti-fouling paint have been lifted up. Additionally, the area is contaminated from the dumping of ammunitions and chemical weapons. ' - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_Nord_Stream_pipeline_sabotage#Environmental_impact
Notice also how the graun saves the info that it wasn't an illegal attack until right at the end of the article:
'she noted the US had not called the interception “unlawful”.
“In all likelihood the Reaper was conducting surveillance for Ukraine. Under the laws of armed conflict Russia may disrupt such assistance,” O’Connell said.'