Publish date12 Jun 2019 - 10:36
Story Code : 424419

Russia’s Su-27 fighter intercepts US, Swedish reconnaissance jets over the Baltic Sea

Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted US and Swedish reconnaissance planes near Russia’s border over the Baltic Sea amid NATO drills.
Russia’s Su-27 fighter intercepts US, Swedish reconnaissance jets over the Baltic Sea
"On
June 10, Russia airspace control means over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected two air targets approaching Russia's state border," the ministry said in a statement.

A Russian fighter Su-27 aircraft approached the jets "at a safe distance and identified them as a US Air Force RC-135 spy plane and a Swedish Air Force Gulfstream reconnaissance aircraft," the Russian government said in a statement posted on Facebook.
 
"The Su-27 pilot reported on the identification of foreign reconnaissance aircraft and accompanied them, preventing violations of the Russian airspace borders in compliance with all necessary security measures."

A US official was cited by CNN as saying that the interception was safe and professional.

"A RC-135 was flying a routine mission in international airspace over the Baltic sea. It was intercepted by a Russian Federation SU-27 aircraft. The intercept was deemed safe," a different U.S. official told CNN.


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