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    US releases dramatic photos of 'unsafe' Russian jet intercept



    Washington (CNN)US European Command released dramatic photos that show the moment a Russian Su-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea -- an encounter US officials assessed to be "unsafe."

    The intercept took place on Monday while the US aircraft was "flying in international airspace," according to Meghan Henderson, a spokesperson for European Command.

    The Russian plane was armed and flew "erratically," a US official told CNN, noting that the maneuvers were deemed unsafe due in part to the proximity of the aircraft.

    "Due to the high rate of closure speed and poor control of the (Russian) aircraft during the intercept, this interaction was determined to be unsafe," she said.

    The new photos, released on Thursday, show the Russian fighter jet flying so close to the wing of the US aircraft that the Russian pilot can be seen clearly in the cockpit.

    The images also confirm that the Russian jet was armed.

    Russia disputed claims that its aircraft was at fault during the encounter and said it intercepted two US reconnaissance aircraft as they "approached the Russian state border."

    "When being accompanied, the RC-135 plane made an attempt at approaching the Russian fighter jet making a provocative turn towards it," the ministry said via TASS.

    Then, 10 minutes later, a second US RC-135 entered the zone and was also intercepted by the Russian Su-27 jet, the ministry said.

    There have been more than 30 interactions between Russian and US aircraft and ships near the Baltic Sea since the beginning of June, a US official told CNN. The vast majority of these encounters have been safe and professional, the official added -- a point that adds to the significance of Monday's incident.

    "The vast majority of interactions we have, intercepts that occur when we fly and that are intercepted by the Russians are safe. This is an exception, not the norm, but we were again operating in international airspace and did nothing to provoke," said Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis.

    CNN's Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne contributed to this report.
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    Has trump made a statement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Has trump made a statement?
    Russia claims to have intercepted 14 foreign aircraft near their borders just this week:

    Russian jets have intercepted 14 foreign planes near its borders in the past week, the Defence Ministry said in a report on Friday.

    According to the report, a total of 23 reconnaissance flights were carried out near the Russian borders last week by aircraft of seven countries, reports Xinhua news agency.

    Among them, 10 flights were performed by the US's PC-135 jets and RQ-4B Global Hawk drones. Four were conducted by Norwegian P-3 Orions, and three by Swedish Air Force's Gulfstream intelligence planes.

    British, Portuguese, Japanese and French planes were also spotted.

    It is reported that the number of incidents involving Russia and NATO military aircraft has increased since 2014.
    Russia intercepts 14 foreign planes near borders | Business Standard News

    This is just one plane, of many. Honestly, I don't know why US makes a big deal of it... America just shot down another country's plane, in an unprovoked act of aggression. And now get their panties in a knot over this? Come on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Russia claims to have intercepted 14 foreign aircraft near their borders just this week:



    Russia intercepts 14 foreign planes near borders | Business Standard News

    This is just one plane, of many. Honestly, I don't know why US makes a big deal of it... America just shot down another country's plane, in an unprovoked act of aggression. And now get their panties in a knot over this? Come on...
    Don't know about "unprovoked".

    That's not what our version of the story is...

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    that's some pretty impressive flying.

    But yeah, it's just this game that's played between the Russian military and the American.

    When I was in the service years back their subs would do the same version of this with our ships at sea.
    It was actually kinda fun.

    Our military is staffed by cool headed professionals.

    Don't fret.
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    Let the games begin.

    LOL

    I have a feeling both pilots were enjoying the encounter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Let the games begin.

    LOL

    I have a feeling both pilots were enjoying the encounter.
    there's a lot we're not being told.

    But yeah, I bet all the pilots are telling bar stories about the encounter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Russia claims to have intercepted 14 foreign aircraft near their borders just this week:

    Russia intercepts 14 foreign planes near borders | Business Standard News

    This is just one plane, of many. Honestly, I don't know why US makes a big deal of it... America just shot down another country's plane, in an unprovoked act of aggression. And now get their panties in a knot over this? Come on...
    I much prefer the Swedish approach to territorial incursions

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Has trump made a statement?
    Well, it's 5:00PM, so I'm expecting him to say something stupid any moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HadEnough2 View Post
    Well, it's 5:00PM, so I'm expecting him to say something stupid any moment.
    The encounter happened Monday, but I understand, trump has had other stuff to deal with.
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