US protests re­con­nais­sance plane in­ter­cept by Rus­sians

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The U.S. is protest­ing an in­ter­cept of a U.S. re­con­nais­sance plane by a Rus­sian fighter jet last week, call­ing it “un­safe and un­pro­fes­sional” amid what it views as in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive air op­er­a­tions by Moscow.

U. S. De­fense Depart­ment spokesman Mark Wright on Sun­day said the U.S. was fil­ing a com­plaint to Rus­sia af­ter the April 7 in­ci­dent over the Baltic Sea.

Rus­sian of­fi­cials have de­nied their pi­lot did any­thing wrong, ac­cord­ing to sev­eral news re­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­fense Depart­ment, the U.S. RC-135U plane was fly­ing in in­ter­na­tional airspace north of Poland. U.S. of­fi­cials say a Rus­sian SU-27 fighter in­ter­cepted the U.S. air­craft at a high rate of speed from the rear, and then pro­ceeded to con­duct two more passes us­ing “un­safe and un­pro­fes­sional ma­neu­vers” in close prox­im­ity.

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