DEVELOPING STORY: The military released video footage of the moment a Russian Su-27 fighter jet collided with the propeller of a U.S. MQ-9 reaper drone. Watch below. The declassified footage verifies the Russian’s aggressive hostilities toward the unmanned aircraft. NBC News reports the decision to take down the drone was made at the “highest levels of the Kremlin.” The U.S. is attempting to retrieve debris from the drone that fell into the Black Sea. Click here to read Todd’s commentaries ad-free for just $5 per month.
John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, said in an interview with NBC News that the Russians were deliberately trying to get close to the drone.
“What we don’t know is how intentional the collision with the drone was,” Kirby said. “It is possible that this was just a reckless, incompetent piece of aviation by the pilot.”
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