American military aircraft have been intercepted by Russian jets over a dozen times this year, mostly over the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. It’s happened four times in just the past month. However, the latest incident takes the cake for being the most harrowing.
On Wednesday two US defense officials claimed that a Navy P-8 surveillance plane was intercepted by a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jetwhile on patrol over the Black Sea. The Russian aircraft performed “unsafe and unprofessional” maneuvers around the US plane for 19 minutes, and at one point came within 10 feet of the P-8.
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