This morning (Wednesday), a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation F-16 fighter jet bothered and got too close to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu's plane.
Also on Monday, a Russian fighter conducted an "unsafe" intercept of a United States reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. military said Tuesday. It says the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jet was not chased away. In a statement, the alliance said that the Russian aircraft did not respond to air traffic control or requests to identify themselves.
Earlier this month, Russian Federation scrambled a fighter jet to intercept a nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 strategic bomber it said was flying over the Baltic, in an incident that had echoes of the Cold War.
The ministry said that, during the past week, USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jets had carried out more than a dozen flights over the sea "for reconnaissance purposes in close proximity to the Russian border".
It said the pilot of the Russian jet "reacted to the RC-135 maneuver" and continued to escort it until the spy plane turned away from the Russian border.
The Sukhoi Su-27 jet approached an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane "rapidly" and flew "erratically", according to officials quoted by Fox News.
Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu was en route to the city of Kaliningrad, a western Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, where he reportedly met with Russian defense officials.
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The encounter was deemed "unsafe" due to the Russian pilot's "high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft", officials told USA media.
According to us officials, the Russian pilot's behavior was provocative.
U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS, an RC-135, and KC-135s sit at the CURACAO/ARUBA Cooperative Security Location.
Dozens of USA and allied warships also participated in the Baltic Sea exercise amid heightened tensions with Russian Federation.
Russian and USA aircraft routinely intercept each other in airspace close to the sovereign domain.