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Russia rejects complaints of fly-by near US Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea

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MOSCOW — Russia’s defense ministry has rejected complaints by US officials who said Russian attack planes buzzed dangerously close to a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea this week.

The US European command says the Russian planes buzzed a US ship multiple times Monday and Tuesday in what the US officials described as an unsafe and unprofessional manner.

Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN Espanol that under US military rules of engagement, the Navy ship could have opened fire. He condemned the Russian actions.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian defense ministry, said Thursday that the pilots of Russian Su-24 jets saw the ship and turned back “while using all measures of precaution.”

Konashenkov said he was baffled by what he described as the “distressed reaction of our American counterparts.”

The US European Command statement on Wednesday said officials are using diplomatic channels to address the matter.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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