A report says this is the moment when two Russian pilots made an “unsafe” intercept on US airspace reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Mediterranean in international airspace.
“Two Russian Su-35s unmannedly blocked a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft assigned to the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean on May 26, 2020,” the US Navy said in a statement. According to CNN.
“It was determined that the intercept was unsafe and unprofessional, as the Russian pilots were to take a close look at each wing of the P-8A simultaneously, limiting the P-8A’s ability to maneuver safely and last a total of 64 minutes.”
Footage shows Russian jets flying near Boeing’s wings on Tuesday’s 737 twin engine.
“The unnecessary actions of Russian Su-35 pilots are contrary to good air and international flight rules,” the navy said.
The closest encounter – which lasted more than an hour – comes after Russian pilots sounded two US flights in the same area in April.
Earlier Tuesday, the US military accused Moscow of flying military jets to Libya for Russian mercenaries operating there, According to CBS News.
The Kremlin called that claim “false information.”