Senator Mark Kelly, who has flown alongside Russian Navy pilots and NASA, said the Russian fighter plane crashing into a U.S. drone showed “how incompetent they are.”

Mark Kelly wears a US Navy bomber jacket with a skeptical look

Senator Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) waits to speak during a news conference at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on Nov. 7, 2022.AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File

  • Last week, a US drone crashed after a Russian fighter clipped its propeller in the Black Sea.

  • The think tank suggested the move was an “offensive message” by Russia.

  • Senator Mark Kelly, a former Navy combat pilot, said it was an example of Russia’s incompetence.

Senator Mark Kelly has flown alongside Russian pilots as a US Navy combat pilot and NASA astronaut.

He spoke of an incident last week in which a Russian fighter jet dumped fuel. I cut off the propeller of the U.S. military drone It shows how “reckless” and “incompetent” they are.

“I’m not surprised by this. I mean, I flew with a Russian pilot, a fighter pilot who can’t fly formation. I saw this video and it’s clear what happened. He lost sight of it and crashed. That’s it,” Kelly said CNN’s Jake Tupper at Sunday’s State of the Union Address.

Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets on Tuesday intercepted A US military MQ-9 Reaper drone in international waters of the Black Sea. The jets dropped fuel on the drone, and eventually he cut one jet off the drone’s propeller. The drone eventually crashed into the water.

An insider previously reported An analysis by a think tank suggested it was an aggressive message from Russia, but U.S. officials said it was most likely due to Russians not knowing how to fly. says.

The incident further exacerbated strained relations between Washington and the Kremlin since Russia invaded Ukraine last February.

Kelly compared the fighter incident to “the incompetence you see every day on the Ukrainian battlefield.”

“That’s why the losses that Russians are currently suffering are so great. At this point, the best choice for Vladimir Putin would be to say ‘Hey, this isn’t working.’ “It’s an invasion that has to stop,” Kelly said.

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