Queen Elizabeth II appeared in public for the first time in five months and immediately “joked about the cold relationship” between Britain and Russia, reports the German tabloid Bild.
The 94-year-old queen, who took part in a military service in the southeast of England the previous day, March 31, told her subjects that she was supremely happy to resume her duties.
“During a brief conversation with a Royal Air Force officer, she asked him if the planes on which he works “are sent to hunt the Russians.” To which the officer replied, ‘That’s right, ma’am, and we like it a lot,'” according to the publication.
The queen was unmasked. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, she had been at her Windsor Castle for months rather than at Buckingham Palace in London. Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in January.
The publication also points out that “the British Air Force, against the background of growing tensions between Moscow and London, has repeatedly intercepted Russian planes approaching British airspace in recent months.
In this connection, Topnews notes that Russian long-range aircraft regularly make flights over the neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic Seas, and the Pacific Ocean. Every time the Defense Ministry emphasizes that all flights of Russian air forces are carried out in strict compliance with international rules of airspace use.
We recall that two Tu-160 strategic missile-carrying airplanes of Russia made a routine flight over the Barents and Norwegian seas on March 29 accompanied by MiG-31 fighters of the Naval Air Force. On the same day, two long-range Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft of the Northern Fleet also made a routine flight over the waters of the North Sea and in the North-East Atlantic – over the neutral waters of the Barents, Norwegian and North Seas. According to the information of the Defense Ministry, two Norwegian F-16 fighters escorted the anti-submarine ships over the waters of the Norwegian Sea and two British Typhoon fighters took off in the sky over the North Sea.
The British media outlets launched angry publications on the subject. Thus, the tabloid Daily Express stated that Tu-160 bombers escorted by MiG-31 flew dangerously close to the airspace of the UK. As the newspaper stressed, “Russian President Vladimir Putin is testing Britain’s patience,” “he continues to test Britain’s military capabilities both at home and abroad.” “The Russian provocation is the latest in a series of tests to which Moscow is subjecting the British air force,” London outraged