Russian Jet Taunts Pentagon, Comes Within 10 Feet of US Spy Plane

This is likely to cause more tension between the two countries, who are at odds over the Syrian war and Ukraine.

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A Russian fighter jet carried out an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of a US spy plane over the Black Sea and came within 10 feet (3.05 meters) of the American aircraft, two US defense officials said on Wednesday.

The incident is likely to cause more tension between the United States and Russia, who are at odds over the Syrian civil war and Ukraine.

It lasted about 19 minutes and involved a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter and a US Navy P-8 surveillance plane flying a regular patrol, said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

They’re up there for 12 hours and there are lots of interactions. But only one of the incidents was what the pilot determined was unsafe.
US Defense Official

There have been a number of similar incidents involving Russia and the United States this year. In April, two Russian warplanes simulated attack passes near a US-guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea.

The events are reminiscent of the Cold War, when a series of close calls led to a bilateral agreement aimed at avoiding dangerous interactions at sea that was signed in 1972.

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