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has been urged to hold Russia accountable for destroying one of its drones this week, with one senator telling the President he must shoot down Vladimir Putin‘s warplanes. South Carolina GOP senator Lindsey Graham accused Biden of freezing in the face of threats by .

Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets downed an American MQ-9 drone yesterday in what the State Department called a “brazen violation of international law”.

In response, Graham warned the Kremlin the US would gun down Russian warplanes should a similar situation happen again.

“If you ever get near another US asset flying in international waters, your aeroplane will be shot down”, he told Fox News host Sean Hannity in a warning to Russia.

He also criticised President Biden‘s response to the situation, claiming he was acting like a “deer in headlights”.

Graham believes America is “in a dangerous situation” as “weakness creates provocation”, claiming Russia knew it would get away with downing the drone.

He suggested Putin may have been monitoring the Biden administration’s response to the Chinese spy balloon which flew over America earlier this year and wasn’t shot down for a week after it entered US airspace.

The senator also warned Biden that if he didn’t change his game plan, there would be World War III.

Russia denied responsibility while describing the country’s relations with the US as being at an “all-time low”.

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Kremlin Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told the Rossiya-1 TV channel: “I don’t know whether we will be able to retrieve it [the drone] or not, but that it has to be done. And we’ll certainly work on it. I hope, of course, successfully.

“Secondly, regarding the drone – the Americans keep saying they’re not taking part in military operations. This is the latest confirmation that they are directly participating in these activities – in the war.”

But a race between the US and Russia is underway to secure the debris of the fallen aircraft as officials say they are already moving to “protect our equities”.

John Kirby, National Security Council’s communications coordinator, said America did not want anyone else “getting their hands on [the drone.]”

On Tuesday, the US European Command said: “At approximately 7:03 AM (CET), one of the Russian Su-27 aircraft struck the propeller of the MQ-9, causing US forces to have to bring the MQ-9 down in international waters.

“Several times before the collision, the Su-27s dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner. This incident demonstrates a lack of competence in addition to being unsafe and unprofessional.”

US officials said the Russian fighters intentionally provoked the drone by dumping fuel on it before clipping its propeller.

The Kremlin has now been accused of a “brazen violation of international law” by the US State Department.

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