BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – A U.S. military aircraft was intercepted by a Russian jet over the eastern Mediterranean on Sunday, marking the second time in a week that this has happened near the Syrian coastline.

According to reports, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon was intercepted by a Russian Su-35 jet in the eastern Mediterranean after it was seen approaching Syrian airspace.

“On April 19, at about 3:00 pm Moscow time, an air target was detected by Russian airspace control means over neutral waters in the Mediterranean Sea, flying toward Russian military facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

“After approaching the aircraft, the pilot of the Russian fighter identified the plane’s tail number and its status as an aircraft of the US Navy, and took it under escort,” the MoD added. After being tagged, the US reconnaissance aircraft was said to have changed course, allowing the Russian fighter plane to return to base.

The U.S. Navy called the Russian Air Force’s move ‘unprofessional’ and condemned them for intercepting their aircraft for the second time in a week.

“On 19 April 2020, a US Navy P-8A aircraft flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted twice by a Russian SU-35 over a period of 100 minutes. The first intercept was deemed safe and professional.  The second intercept was determined to be unsafe and unprofessional due to the SU-35 a conducting high-speed, high-powered maneuver that decreased aircraft separation to within 25 feet, directly in front of the P-8A, exposing the US aircraft to wake turbulence and jet exhaust”, the US Sixth Fleet said late on Sunday.

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According to the Navy, despite the fact that the Su-35 was operating in international airspace, the interaction was “irresponsible” and endangered the safety of both aircraft.

“In both cases, the US aircraft were operating consistent with international law and did not provoke this Russian activity”, the statement added.

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Diego Prendergast
2020-04-21 06:17

No reason for US aircraft.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-21 13:27

Wrong! They have absolute right to be anywhere they want in international airspace! And same thing for military aircraft of any nation, no matter if it’s Russia, China, Iran or whatever!
If an air-hole happens when the stupid Su-35 pilot buzzes the P-8A, then you have a collision and everybody dies because of this moron willing to do a provocation.

Write in English
Write in English
2020-04-21 07:14

To the admins.
Twitter, facebook, cloud services and all other spy-agents are blocked by any intelligent person. Useless to publish these links.

Tyty
Tyty
2020-04-21 11:51

Come home yank f**k

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-21 13:29

US are right : buzzing other aircraft as shown in the video is unprofessional and dangerous. Note that I consider team aerobatics and flying in tight patrols the same way.