Russian Jet Comes Within 5 Feet of US Spy Plane Near Russia’s Border
Update: Responding to allegations its jet had made “provocative” maneuvers, Moscow countered that the US spy plane flying toward the Russian border made a “provocative turn” toward a fighter jet, which had been scrambled for an interception mission. As noted earlier, the Pentagon claimed the Russian jet had approached the US plane in a “provocative, erratic” way. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that a Baltic Fleet Su-27 jet was scrambled on Monday to intercept what turned out to be US RC-135 spy plane flying towards the Russian border.
“While being escorted, the RC-135 attempted to move closer towards the Russian interceptor, making a provocative turn towards the Su-27,” a statement by Russian defense officials reads.
The Russian pilot “reacted to the RC-135 maneuver” and continued to escort the spy plane until it turned away from the Russian border. On Tuesday, US media reported that a Russian Su-27 came within “five feet” feet the US spy plane.