Russian Ambassador to the USA Anatoly Antonov met in Washington with US Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried after the incident with the American Reaper drone and the Russian Su-27 fighter jet in the Black Sea and stated that Russia does not want a "confrontation" with the USA, writes UNN with reference to CNN.
"We prefer not to create situations where we may face unintended clashes or unintended incidents between the Russian Federation and the United States," Antonov said.
He was at the State Department for a little over half an hour. Antonov said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried had conveyed U.S. concerns about the incident, and he "exchanged our comments on this issue because we have some differences."
"It seems to me that there was a constructive conversation on this issue. I heard her remarks, I hope she understood what I noted," Antonov said in response to CNN's questions.
The Russian ambassador to the US confirmed that the Ministry of Defense denies that any Russian aircraft came into contact with the drone.
He also stated that Russia "informed about this space, which was defined as a zone of conducting a special military operation", as the war against Ukraine is called in Russia.
"We warned not to enter, not to penetrate," he said, when asked how the US would react if a Russian drone came close to New York or San Francisco.
A Russian Su-27 fighter jet collided with an American MQ-9 Reaper drone on March 14 over the Black Sea.
A U.S. Reaper drone and two Russian Su-27s were flying over international waters over the Black Sea, but Russian planes reportedly flew in front of the drone on purpose and dumped fuel in front of it, then damaged the drone's propeller.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan informed US President Joe Biden about the incident.
A representative of the US European Command said that the Reaper drone has not yet been found in the Black Sea.
The United States summoned the Russian ambassador to Washington.