Russian Federation confirms intercept of US Navy plane over Black Sea

Kristopher Drake
November 29, 2017

Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza told the outlet that a Russian Su-30 intercepted a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the Black Sea by crossing in front of it from right to left while engaging its afterburners.

Also speaking to state news agency RIA Novosti, the retired deputy commander of Russia's air force, Nikolay Antoshkin, dismissed the USA reaction.

The last reported interaction between us and Russian aircraft took place in June when a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 flew within five feet of an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane.

The radioelectronic defense units identified in a neutral zone an objective moving at great speed toward the country's borders, making it necessary to send a fighter SU-30 to the zone, explained sources of the Military District of the South.

In June, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-15 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. A spokesperson at the US Air Force said in a statement at the time that, "there are global standards to ensure safety and prevent incidents".

Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza told the broadcaster: "The US aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behaviour".

As a result of the "provocative" manoeuvre, the United States aircraft did "a 15-degree roll" that could have caused "serious harm and injury to all air crews involved", a U.S. official said.

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