Russia scrambles jets in response to US drones over Crimea -ministry

(Reuters) – Russia scrambled two fighter jets on Monday to prevent two U.S. drones from violating its border over the Black Sea, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

A ministry statement on Telegram said the drones had been observed near Crimea and heading for the Russian border on an intelligence mission.

“As a result of the actions of anti-aircraft forces on duty the intelligence U.S. drones altered the direction of their flight and left the area where they were conducting air intelligence,” the ministry statement said.

Reuters could not verify the ministry’s account.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Alison Williams)