Reconnaissance aircraft of the air forces of the U.S. RC-135 was intercepted by a Russian su-27 on the Baltic sea. About it reports CNN with reference to the representative of the European command of the Armed forces of the United States Danny Hernandez.
According to him, the incident occurred last Thursday. Russian plane in “an aggressive manner” flew within about 15 meters from the wing of an American plane, he argues.
American RC-135 was “intercepted by a Russian su-27 unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Hernandez. According to him, the American plane flew on the territory of Russia.
“Unsafe and unprofessional actions of one pilot can lead to unnecessary escalation of relations between the countries”, — quotes TV channel the words of Hernandez. He added that the United States has protested the incident to the Russian leadership.
Reports of the interception of American reconnaissance aircraft arrive in the background of another incident that occurred recently in the skies over the Baltic. April 13, CNN told about the dangerous convergence of Russian aircraft with an American destroyer “Donald cook”. Later, the Pentagon published pictures and video of flight of the su-24. Judging by the staff, the Russian plane flew right over the destroyer.
The Russian defense Ministry the next day said that the crews of su-24 of the Russian space forces performed routine training flights over neutral waters of the Baltic sea. “Finding the vehicle in the area of visual sight, the Russian pilots made a top from it with observance of all security measures,” — said on this occasion the defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov
On the same day the official White House spokesman Josh Ernest said that U.S. military attaché in Moscow expressed concern about Russia due to the convergence of the Russian su-24 with a destroyer in the Baltic sea.
On Friday, the press service of the U.S. Department of state said that the head of the state Department John Kerry expressed to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov decisive protest in connection with the approximation of plane destroyer. The Russian foreign Ministry clarified that when discussing the episode with the appearance of Russian aircraft near the American destroyer “Lavrov stressed that a comprehensive explanation on the subject have been given by the Ministry of defence of Russia”.