Russian jet fighter ‘nearly collides’ with U.S. recon plane over Baltic Sea

Russian jet fighter ‘nearly collides’ with U.S. recon plane over Baltic Sea

[Ed. –  A 20-foot CPA is unquestionably an unsafe intercept distance.  This one warrants more than a protest.  Russia should be told in no uncertain terms that we’ll shoot the next one down.]

A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defense officials revealed to theWashington Free Beacon.

The Su-27 conducted the close-in intercept of an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, said officials. The incident prompted a diplomatic protest.

“On the morning of April 7th, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez.

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“The United States is raising this incident with Russia in the appropriate diplomatic and official channels,” she said in a statement.

A defense official said the Russian fighter jet flew within 20 feet of the unarmed reconnaissance jet in what the official called a “reckless” encounter that endangered the lives of the RC-135 crew.

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