Russian Federation vows to DEFEND against U.S. planes flying towards border

Su-27 intercept US Navy EP-3 Aries signals reconnaissance aircraft

The U.S. Navy EP-3 was flying in global airspace over the Black Sea when a Russian Su-27 intercepted the aircraft.

The encounter, first reported by Russia's RIA news agency, cited the defence ministry as saying the US Navy aircraft, an??-3E Aries II plane, did not violate Russian air space, reports Reuters.

Russian Federation has hit back after the USA accused one of its warplanes of performing an "unsafe" maneuver Monday by reportedly coming within five feet of a Navy spy plane over the Black Sea.

The ministry said that similar moves by the US and fellow members of the NATO Western military alliance "near Russia's Aerospace Force planes over the Baltic, Barents, Norwegian and North seas cause absolutely no effects on Russian crews", and argued that that the correct term for the maneuver was "escort", not "interception", because the Russian jets stayed with Navy plane for so long.

The Navy says the interaction between the two aircraft lasted about 40 minutes.

The US Navy made public several videos claiming they showed Russia's Sukhoi-27 flying next to its EP-3 plane over the Black Sea.

"The Russian military is within its right to operate within worldwide airspace, but they must behave with global standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents", the Navy statement said.

The air superiority fighter flew as close as five feet from the U.S. aircraft.

Nauert says Russia's military "flagrantly" violated worldwide law and risked a midair collision.

Russian Ministry of Defense reminded Washington that its reconnaissance planes in the Black Sea region "would be met by Russian jets, but not by the Ukrainian partners", stressing that the Crimea is an inherent part of Russia.

"Similar maneuvers by NATO planes near Russia's Aerospace Force planes over the Baltic, Barents, Norwegian and North seas cause absolutely no effects on Russian crews", the ministry added. The smallest lapse of focus or error in airmanship by the intercepting aircrew can have disastrous consequences.

"These videos show the Russian Su-27 intercepting the EP-3 from a very close position, at the same altitude, and with an estimated wingtip-to-wingtip horizontal separation as little as five feet at times", US Navy Capt. Bill Ellis, commander of Task Force 67, said in the Navy statement.

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