US releases dramatic photos of 'unsafe' Russian jet intercept

  • US releases dramatic photos of 'unsafe' Russian jet intercept

US releases dramatic photos of 'unsafe' Russian jet intercept

A video believed to have been recorded by journalists on board Shoigu's plane appears to shows one of the Polish F-16 flying alongside the Tu-154 when an Su-27 came between them and tilted, showing off its air-to-air weapons.

On Wednesday, Sweden summoned Russia's ambassador after another SU-27 jet flew close to a Swedish Gulfstream reconnaissance plane over the Baltic.

Russian jets have intercepted 14 foreign planes near its borders in the past week, the Defence Ministry said in a report on Friday.

On Wednesday, June 21, Poland's F-16 Viper fighter intercepted a Russian Tu-154 VIP aircraft carrying Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Since June 2 there have been more than 35 interactions in the Baltic Sea region between USA and Russian jets and warships.

The bulk of those flights was performed by United States' RC-135 jets and RQ-4B Global Hawk drones, which approached Russian borders 10 times in total.

Apparently referring to the same episode, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the US aircraft "did nothing to provoke this behavior".

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A Russian jet flew within 5 feet (1.5 meters) of a US reconnaissance plane's wing tip over the Baltic Sea on Monday, US officials say.

Russia, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said it would treat US-led coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft.

Shortly thereafter, it was known that a Russian Su-27 fighter had arrived on a Swedish spy plane during a flight in an worldwide airspace.

The Baltic Sea has become an area of rising tensions between Moscow and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

There's never a tiresome moment when it comes to relations between Russian Federation and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, especially when it comes to sharing airspace in the Baltic.

The NATO buildup includes the modernization of airfields, ports and other military sites, as well as the deployment of new elements of the U.S. missile defense, the minister added.