Russian jet intercepts United States aircraft over Black Sea

Casey Dawson
November 29, 2017

28 de noviembre de 2017, 07:16Moscow, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) A Russian fighter SU-30 flew over a USA reconaissance aircraft Poseidon (P-8A) and forced it to retreat from a zone near the airspace of this country over the Black Sea, informed the Ministry of Defense.

The Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet reportedly crossed in front of the U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft on November 25, flying as close as 50 feet, and turned on its afterburners, Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told CNN.

Russia's military responded Tuesday by saying its jet had been dispatched because the US plane was approaching its borders "at high speed", according to the state-run TASS news agency.

Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza told the broadcaster: "The US aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behaviour".

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A Su-30 fighter jet identified it as an American reconnaissance aircraft, P8-A Poseidon, it said.

Also speaking to state news agency RIA Novosti, the retired deputy commander of Russia's air force, Nikolay Antoshkin, dismissed the USA reaction. "A Sukhoi-30 jet of the Southern Military District's air defense was ordered into the air for interception", a statement published by the Russian government owned media outlet TASS said. She told CNN that the Russian Su-30 came within 50 feet of the P-8A Poseidon while in the air above the Black Sea on Saturday, and lasted for about 24 minutes.

In June, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-15 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

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