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Russian fighter jet intercepts US aircraft over Black Sea

IANS  |  Moscow 

A Russian fighter jet has intercepted a US Navy EP-3E Aries plane over the near Russian airspace and escorted it away in a safe manner, the said.

Meanwhile, the US Navy announced that a US reconnaissance was intercepted earlier on Monday by a Russian fighter jet while flying in international airspace over the Black Sea, reported.

The US reconnaissance was spotted approaching Russia's airspace and was immediately identified by the fighter jet "at a safe distance," Russian news agencies reported, citing a defence ministry statement.

After reporting back to the communications intelligence unit, the fighter jet escorted it away from the Russian airspace "in compliance with all security and safety requirements," it said.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the fighter jet returned to its home base after the US plane altered its flight course away from Russian airspace.

The US Navy, in a statement, called the interaction as "determined to be unsafe", saying the Russian conducted "a high speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, putting at risk the pilots and crew".

Also on Monday, a said that the Russian jet came "very, very close" to the US EP-3 aircraft, adding that it made an additional pass after activating its afterburners to create more turbulence.

There was no communication between the two planes and the encounter lasted about 25 minutes, told reporters at the

The said that the EP-3 was conducting routine operations while the encounter happened, not provoking the Russian activity.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 07:28 IST
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