A deliberate attack on a Russian aircraft in neutral airspace would be an open declaration of war against the largest nuclear power, Moscow is not seeking confrontation, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday.
"A deliberate attack on a Russian aircraft in neutral airspace is not just a crime under international law, but an open declaration of war against the largest nuclear power," the Russian Ambassador said, commenting on a US Senator's statements calling to shoot down Russian planes approaching US aircraft in international airspace.
"We do not seek a conflict with nuclear power. We continue to maintain contacts, including through the Defence Ministry, to prevent unintentional incidents. I wish US politicians had the same attitude toward relations with Russia," (TASS) news agency quoted Antonov as saying.
Commenting on the loss of a MQ-9 American drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday, he said that Russia did everything possible to prevent this kind of incident - it informed the international community in good time about the boundaries of the temporary airspace regime established for the special military operation in Ukraine.
The United States has accused Russia of shooting down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea.