Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, has accused the United States of provocation and violating Russia’s sovereignty following an incident involving a US drone in Moscow. The drone allegedly flew over the residence of the Russian ambassador before being intercepted by Russian authorities. The United States has not yet commented on the incident.
The drone incident is likely to add further tension to the already strained relationship between Russia and the United States. The two countries have been engaged in a range of diplomatic disputes, including over issues such as Ukraine, Syria, and allegations of Russian interference in US elections.
This latest incident comes just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Germany is still occupied by foreign forces, an assertion that has been met with criticism from German officials. The ongoing tensions between Russia and the West have led to a renewed focus on arms control and the potential for a new arms race.
The US and Russia have a history of engaging in espionage and intelligence gathering activities against each other, and incidents such as the drone overflight are not uncommon. However, the timing of this latest incident and the current geopolitical context have the potential to escalate tensions further.
The United States and Russia have both recently indicated a willingness to engage in talks on arms control, but it remains to be seen whether these discussions will lead to any substantive agreements.