A Russian Su-27 fighter jet recently captured a US Navy P-8A Poseidon over the Baltic, the Russian state media expiry Interfax said Monday and quoted Russia's defense ministry.
The US aircraft was "approaching the Russian sea border in the Baltic," according to RT, another state's media outlet, saying that the Su-27 was encrypted while the US aircraft was over "neutral waters".
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Russian pilots approached the plane and identified it from " a safe distance "according to RT who published video of what seems to be the short meeting.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said that US military aircraft "regularly have interactions with Russian aircraft" but declined to comment on the meeting and said there was "nothing uncertain about this incident."
However, close meetings between Russian and NATO aircraft have risen sharply in recent years, amid increased tensions in the wake of Moscow's intervention in Ukraine and annexation of the Crimea.
Not all of these meetings have gone smoothly. 201
On January 29, 2018, the US Navy said a Russian Su-27 jet jet rocket of a marine EP-3 spy plan of approx. 5 feet in the international airspace above the Black Sea, which crosses directly in front of the turboprop spy plane's flight path and send it through jet wash, a near collision that the US called "uncertain".
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At the beginning of November, a Su-27 intercepted another EP-3 in it international airspace over the Black Sea.
Navy said the meeting was "uncertain" because the fighter performed a high-speed passage in front of the spy plane and then turned away with the afterburner. The Navy aircraft reported turbulence from the first maneuvering and vibration from the other. The meeting "put our pilots and crew at risk," said the Navy.
EP-3 is a reconnaissance version of the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft. The P-8 was introduced to replace P-3 and is considered one of the most advanced under-aircraft in operation.
Both Russia and NATO have eyed each other viciously in it Eastern Baltic Sea. Russia borders the Baltic countries Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – all NATO members – and trust the sea for access to St. Petersburg, Russia's largest city. NATO members have also expressed concern about Russian military activity in Kaliningrad's Baltic exclave.
The tensions around the Black Sea have risen in recent weeks after Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors attempting to enter the Azov Sea as the two countries share.
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Russia's Black Sea Fleet began to monitor the cook when it entered the sea on January 19 , but it's not Moscow's first meeting with the American destroyer. In the spring of 2016, the unarmed Su-24 fighter jets jumped the ship in the Baltic Sea, where a Russian jet passed as close as 30 feet, in which US officials called "simulated attacks".