Russian MiG-31 intercepted an American antisubmarine patrol aircraft Boeing P-8 Poseidon in the vicinity of the Kamchatka Peninsula. On this edition of the Washington Free Beacon said the representative of the Pacific command of the Armed forces of the United States Dave Benham.
The incident occurred on April 21 near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian aircraft flew just 15 metres from us, he said. The US Navy aircraft was performing “routine mission in international airspace,” said Benham. The interception, which held a Moment, the representative of the command called “safe” and “professional”.
“The interceptions between the United States and other armed forces often occur, and the vast majority of them professional”, — said Benham. “With the interceptions, which we believe, is unprofessional, the US is taking action through military and diplomatic channels,” he added.
On 14 April a Russian su-27 intercepted an American reconnaissance plane RC-135 over the Baltic sea, reported in the European command of the us Armed forces, the fighter also flew just 15 metres from the aircraft wing of the United States. The military said their aircraft was “intercepted by a Russian su-27 unsafe and unprofessional manner.” According to the representative of the European command Danny Hernandez, the American plane did not fly into the territory of Russia. According to him, the United States has protested the incident to the Russian leadership.
The situation was later commented by the Ministry of defence. The representative of the Ministry Igor Konashenkov said that the information about the allegedly dangerous approach” of the Russian plane to the U.S. not true. He said that on 14 April the forces on duty of air defense over the Baltic sea noticed an unknown aerial target, at high speed EN route to the Russian border. In order to identify her from the forces of the Baltic fleet was raised, su-27, “which made its fly-around, identified the object as a reconnaissance aircraft RC-135U United States air force”. Konashenkov added that after visual contact with the fighter aircraft RC-135U changed course in the opposite direction from the Russian border side. The flight took place in strict accordance with international rules, said the Ministry of defence.