Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen prior to a meeting with Finnish president at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on August 22, 2018. / AFP / POOL / Pavel Golovkin
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Russia accused Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) of intercepting its military aircraft over the Black Sea in a dangerous fashion designed to provoke Moscow after the RAF made two such interceptions in a single week.The accusation, leveled by Russia's embassy in London, came after the RAF intercepted a Russian maritime patrol aircraft over the Black Sea Friday and scrambled to intercept two suspected Russian fighter aircraft Wednesday.Britain's Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, spoke about "an ever more assertive Russia" in a speech in London in July. He said the RAF had been forced to intercept Russian military aircraft more than 80 times over the last decade.
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