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.
First Roland Macaulay Cup to start on November 21
BIRATNAGAR— The First Roland Macaulay Cup is being held in the capital on November 21-24.
To be organized by the Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal, cricket clubs–Myagdi, Jhapa, Bardiya and Tribhuvan Army–will participate in the First Roland Macaulay Cup twenty20 cricket tournament, said Pawan Ghimire, the Central President of the Association at a press conference here.
The estimated budget is approximately Rs 750,000. The opening match will be held between Jhapa and Bardiya, said the organizer.Follow @gorkhapost