Russian Fighter Intercepts US Spy Plane


The US has accused Russian military of dangerously intercepting a US-based airplane EP-3E Aries in the global airspace over the Black Sea by a Russian Su-27 fighter.

In a statement, the U.S. Navy said their plane had to apply its afterburner after the first pass and faced turbulence and vibrations.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon says the Russian SU-27 made a high-speed pass directly in front of the U.S. EP-3 and came "very, very close" to the American aircraft.

In January, the Russian jet intercepted a U.S. aircraft and came within just five feet over the Black Sea.

At the time, the US State Department accused the Russians of "flagrantly violating existing agreements and global law". Near the city of Sevastopol, seat of the Russian fleet of the Black Sea, the aircraft approached 35 kilometers to the coast.

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An incident report was published by the US Navy press service in Europe and Africa on Monday. The Ministry of Defense of this nation called on several occasions the Pentagon to abstain from this practice, to which the North American side responded with a refusal to suspend such flights. The incident reportedly lasted 25 minutes.

While the USA military said that their aircraft had acted in accordance with global law and did not provoke "Russian activities". In that case, an Su-27 "buzzed" another EP-3 Aries - passing within just 1.5m.

Russian aircraft have repeatedly challenged US planes during the past year with maneuvers deemed unsafe, despite a 1972 agreement that Russia assumed from the Soviet Union created to prevent miscalculations in the skies and seas. The US crew reported turbulence following that initial interaction in which the direct pass occurred.

A Russian SU-27 jet reportedly intercepted one of the US reconnaissance planes Monday in worldwide airspace.