Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian Federation intercepts U.S. military plane multiple times over worldwide waters

Russian Federation intercepts U.S. military plane multiple times over worldwide waters

"While the Russian aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace, this interaction was irresponsible".

"The U.S. aircraft was operating consistent with global law and did not provoke this Russian activity", the Navy also wrote.

"The second interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-35 conducting a high-speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, which put our pilots and crew at risk", the 6th Fleet statement said.

This interception was not in violation of global treaties, but was considered to be "irresponsible".

The Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement that it rejects the U.S. claim that the Russian SU-35 fighter had unsafely conducted the intercept of the United States military jet over the Mediterranean. "We expect them to behave within global standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents".

The P-8A crew reported traveling through wake turbulence caused by the Russian fighter flying in the path of the Navy aircraft. The Ministry of Defense said that the Sukhoi jet had been scrambled from its Syrian base because the American plane had been approaching the naval facility that Russian Federation has in the country.

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The last unsafe intercept by Russian Federation occurred late previous year, in November 2018, over the Black Sea.

This is the second time in seven months that the Russian Air Force executed an airborne maneuver deemed unsafe by its American counterpart. "Everything will be conducted in accordance with global law", Klintsevich said. "There were no questions or complaints from the American center of flight deconfliction line in Syria to the Russian command".

The risky encounter comes just weeks after a US F-22 stealth jet encountered four Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Russian SU-35's flying off the coast of Alaska.

The Russian bomber flights are seen by United States military officials as part of Moscow's effort to train its military for a potential crisis while sending a message of strength to adversaries.

Last month's encounter came at a time of a tense stand-off between the U.S. and Russian Federation on a number of geopolitical issues.

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