Leaked Pentagon documents expose role of British imperialism in provocations and war against Russia

Among the dozens of secret documents from the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies now in circulation are reports detailing some of the nefarious operations of British imperialism.

One document in particular gives a glimpse of the provocative role played by London in the war in Ukraine against Russia, detailing a September 29, 2022 incident that could have triggered NATO’s Article 5 requiring member states to come to the aid of any member state under attack.

The Washington Post reported Sunday, “Russia nearly shot down British spy plane near Ukraine, leaked document says.”

A US military document reveals an “incident more significant than was previously disclosed and that could have drawn the United States and its NATO allies directly into the Ukraine war,” the article reports. “The near miss occurred on Sept. 29 [2022] off the coast of Crimea, the heavily fortified Ukrainian peninsula that Russia seized in 2014 and has used to base its Black Sea naval fleet and launch attacks elsewhere in Ukraine,” the Post said.

The classified Pentagon document, reports the newspaper, “refers to the incident as a ‘near-shoot down of UK RJ,’ a reference to the ‘Rivet Joint’ moniker common for RC-135 reconnaissance planes. The aircraft is used to collect radio transmissions and other electronic messages.”

The newspaper reported that the “document was printed with headers for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, and details surveillance flights over the Black Sea from the day of the reported near-shootdown up to Feb. 26 [2023].”

A British RC-135W in 2018 [Photo by Alan Wilson / CC BY-SA 2.0]

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Parliament the following month, “One of the Russian jets ‘released a missile’ at a distance”, the Post notes, “but he did not describe the incident as a near-shootdown.” He instead “attributed the missile launch to a ‘technical malfunction’ and said he had spoken with senior Russian defense officials about it.”

Last October 20, almost a month after the incident, Wallace told parliament that “an unarmed RAF RC-135W Rivet Joint, a civilian ISTAR—intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance—aircraft on routine patrol over the Black sea was interacted with by two Russian armed Su-27 fighter aircraft.”

He stated that “During that interaction… it transpired that one of the Su-27 aircraft released a missile in the vicinity of the RAF Rivet Joint aircraft beyond visual range. The total time of the interaction between the Russian aircraft and the Rivet Joint was approximately 90 minutes.”

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