US says Rus­sian jet flew within 5 feet of navy plane

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - World - The New York Times let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

WASH­ING­TON: A Rus­sian fighter jet buzzed a US spy plane over the Black Sea on Mon­day, US of­fi­cials said, in what the state depart­ment char­ac­terised as an “un­safe” flyby.

In a state­ment, the depart­ment called the in­ter­cept “the lat­est ex­am­ple of Rus­sian mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties dis­re­gard­ing in­ter­na­tional norms and agree­ments.”

US of­fi­cials said the two planes came within a scant 5 feet of each other. In the state­ment, the state depart­ment said the Rus­sian plane crossed “di­rectly in front of the EP-3’s flight path,” in a ref­er­ence to the Navy spy plane.

This is not the first time that the US has accused Moscow of fly­ing dan­ger­ously close to US air­craft and ships.

Rus­sia rou­tinely has demon­strated its dis­plea­sure with US mil­i­tary flights over Syria, the Baltics and the Black Sea by fly­ing planes close to US ships and spy planes.

In 2016, for in­stance, there were three en­coun­ters in one month. On April 29, a Rus­sian fighter plane per­formed a bar­rel roll near an Air Force re­con­nais­sance plane in in­ter­na­tional airspace over the Baltic Sea, and Moscow said the US plane did not have its transpon­der turned on, an ac­cu­sa­tion the United States de­nied.

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Su­27 fight­ers dur­ing a mil­i­tary pa­rade in Moscow.

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