The US and UK media have descended into pure parody with their reporting of the recent Russian jet “buzzing” of USS Donald Cook, American Navy missile destroyer that “strayed” into Russian waters in the Baltic Sea.
The USS Donald Cook was 43 miles from Russian Naval base in Kaliningrad when the Russian jets “buzzed” the US naval destroyer. A Russian display of aerial dexterity that has sent the US and UK into a tail spin.
The Guardian headline pushed the panic button:
“John Kerry: We could have shot down the Russian Jet buzzing US warship.”
“We condemn this kind of behaviour. It is reckless. It is provocative. It is dangerous. And under the rules of engagement that could have been a shoot-down,” the US secretary of state said in an interview with CNN Español and the Miami Herald.
“People need to understand that this is serious business and the United States is not going to be intimidated on the high seas … We are communicating to the Russians how dangerous this is and our hope is that this will never be repeated.”
“Two Russian planes flew close to a US guided missile destroyer almost a dozen times, American officials have said.
The Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, in international waters in the Baltic Sea, had no visible weaponry and the ship took no action.
One official called the events on Monday and Tuesday “one of the most aggressive acts in recent memory”.
The comedy element was further highlighted by Anissa Naouai of In the NOW (CNN is also ‘dangerously close’ to becoming one of the most ridiculous Vaudville news networks ever):
It seems the US and UK are breaking all logic and truth barriers to revitalise the “Cold War”.
The commander of the missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, described the flights as a “simulated attack”.
The passes were “unsafe, potentially provocative” and “could have caused an accident,” officials said in a release.”
“Russian attack planes buzzed the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook during the U.S.’s joint exercises in the Baltic Sea this week in what defense officials on Wednesday described as “aggressive” and “unsafe flight maneuvers.”
Two Russian SU-24 jets made “numerous, close-range and low-altitude passes” on the U.S. ship Tuesday as a helicopter refueled on the deck, according to a statement from U.S. European Command.
The Cook, which was holding a joint exercise with NATO ally Poland and operating in international waters, “encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship,” the statement said.
It said the aircraft “flew in a simulated attack profile and failed to respond to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian.”
At one point, the ship’s commanding officer viewed a particularly close pass as “unsafe and unprofessional” and suspended flight operations until the aircraft left the area.”
Luckily Global Research redressed the NATO, US media provocative perspective:
“The US NAVY has complained that:
“Russian attack jets flew “dangerously close” to a U.S. Navy destroyer numerous times in the Baltic Sea this week, according to U.S. officials, continuing a pattern of behavior in the region that the Defense Department has previously decried.
The incidents occurred Monday and Tuesday, with the planes making multiple passes by theUSS Donald Cook, a destroyer, while it was traveling in international waters, U.S. European Command officials said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. The organization released videos that show the jets roaring by at a high rate of speed, seemingly no more than a few hundred feet away.” (WP, April 13, 2016)
The US destroyer was stationed at the Polish port of Gdynia, within about 100 km of Russia’s Kalingrad enclave according to news reports.
Nina Kouprianovo on her Facebook page says:
“There has been lot of complaining today about a Russian plane flying “dangerously close” to a US ship. So I’ve made a helpful diagram just for you.”
The USS Donald Cook, while navigating within international waters has the unspoken mandate to “police” those waters within proximity of Kalingrad, which is an enclave of the Russian Federation. Kalingrad is home to Russia’s Baltic Fleet.
US-NATO routinely conduct war games in the Baltic Sea off the Kalingrad coastline.
Thank you to Global Research.