US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Su-35 intercepted the American reconnaissance aircraft P-8A Poseidon over the Mediterranean Sea, reports CBS News.
The US Navy said that the Russian fighter acted irresponsibly, performing an unsafe maneuver at high speed, and thereby endangered the lives of American pilots and crew, the article says.
An American reconnaissance aircraft flying over international Mediterranean airspace was intercepted by a Russian fighter, CBS News writes citing a statement from the US Navy.
In particular, according to the 6th fleet, the Russian Su-35 made an unsafe flight with its belly at high speed at a distance of no more than 8 m from the American P-8A Poseidon aircraft and thereby “endangered the pilots and crew.”
“Although the Russian aircraft operated in international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible,” the statement said. “We expect them to behave within the framework of international standards established to ensure safety and prevent incidents.”
As the U.S. Navy specified, the incident lasted approximately 42 minutes, and the P-8A Poseidon crew reported turbulence resulting from interaction with the Russian fighter.
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