Russian fighter plane has 'greeted' a US Navy P-3
Orion reconnaissance aircraft, flying by within five feet
US Department of Defense said that a Russian fighter pilot forced
the crew of the P-3 to abort its mission. The crew failed to finish
their tasks over the Black Sea, just off the Russian borders. At
times, it approached Sevastopol at a distance of 40 kilometers.
American reconnaissance aircraft departed from Souda Bay airbase on
the Greek island of Crete. It spent hours along the southern
and south-western coast of the Crimea over the international waters
of the Black Sea.
flight path of the Russian Su-27 took place strictly in accordance
with the international rules for the use of airspace, said the
Ministry of Defense. The Russian fighter jet accompanied the
American scout, observing all the necessary security measures.
pilots themselves are provoking the Russian military, flying close
to the Russian border near the Black Sea," said the first
deputy head of the State Duma Defense Committee, Hero of Russia
Lords of the United States need to study geography: do not confuse
the seas and oceans," the MP believes, "where is the
Black Sea located and where is the US located? The US is far from
the Black Sea, so unlike the Americans, our planes are not flying
near their borders. "
week, Russian air defense fighters three times intercepted
foreign aircraft and drones that were approaching the airspace of
the country. In total, over the last seven days,
reconnaissance aircraft have been spotted near the Russian border a
total of ten times