Russia scrambled a Su-30 fighter jet after detecting an American P8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, according to a Defense Ministry statement. The US spy plane was approaching at high speed to the Russian border, the ministry said. The Russian fighter jet buzzed the US Navy reconnaissance plane at around 1pm local time (10:00 GMT) as it was flying over the neutral waters of the Black Sea, the ministry said.
‘After moving closer, the Russian [Su-30] fighter jet flew over the object and visually identified it as an American reconnaissance aircraft ?8? Poseidon,’ the statement reads. After the spy plane was intercepted by the Russian Air Force, the US aircraft changed course and flew away.
Reporting on the incident, the Pentagon said on Monday that the Russian jet made ‘unsafe’ contact with the Navy reconnaissance aircraft. The Russian Su-30 fighter jet reportedly flew right around 50 feet in front of the P-8A Poseidon, resulting in the American craft experiencing “a 15-degree roll and violent turbulence,” CNN reported.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 28, 2017.