Russian fighter executes 'unsafe intercept' of US Navy plane over Black Sea

Marie Harrington
November 29, 2017

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane, like the one pictured above, had an unsafe encounter with a Russian SU-30 fighter jet while flying over the Black Sea on Saturday, the Pentagon said. Russian Federation has access to the Black Sea but so do three US allies, as well as occasional military training partners Ukraine and Georgia. During the last months, similar incidents were registered in the zone of the Baltic Sea and near the Russian western enclave of Kaliningrad, in the Kamchatka peninsula, near the USA state of Alaska and in other regions.

Martinez said the P-8A was "conducting a routine operation in worldwide airspace" at the time of the intercept.

The last reported interaction between US and Russian aircraft took place in June when a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 flew within five feet of an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane.

"The P-8 was forced to fly through the jet wash of the SU-30", Baldanza said.

Russian and United States aircraft regularly come into contact in global airspace.

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"Our jet simply indicated, approached, the airman had a look and demonstrated that [the Poseidon] must leave", Antoshkin, said on Tuesday.

"On November 25, Russian means of monitoring airspace spotted an air target over an global area of the Black Sea that was approaching the state border at a high speed".

Since then, ex-Communist states Bulgaria and Romania have joined Turkey in the USA -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, while former Soviet states Ukraine and Georgia have expressed a desire to join, but can not embark on the process because Russian-backed troops hold parts of their territory.

The Black Sea has been a focal point of Russia's tensions with the West after Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

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