Pentagon Spokeswoman, Army Lieutenant Colonel Michelle L. Baldanza, has claimed that a Russian jet has flown by a US spy plane over the Black Sea in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner.” The aircrafts came within 5 meters of each other (15 feet).
“On January 25, 2016, a US RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” she said.
She said crossing paths was a common occurrence but that “the Russian pilot acted in an unprofessional manner that put both the American flight crew and himself at risk.”
One official said that the jet flew along the right side of the US plane, then veered off in a maneuver that had an adverse effect on the “controllability of the US aircraft.”
The official admitted that the incident happened 65km from the Russian coast, but could not affirm whether the Russian jet was armed.
The Pentagon says US military operations in the Black Sea are routine and in accordance with international law.”
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has dismissed the claim, saying US military operations near Russian borders pose a danger to strategic stability in the area.