BREAKING: According to reports, a Russian fighter jet got within 20 feet of a U.S. Navy aircraft on Tuesday. The event took place in the Black Sea the day before President Trump met with a top Russian official at the White House.
NBC News is reporting that a Su-27 approached the P-8A Poseidon while it was “conducting routine operations in international airspace,” according to Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Kunze says the Russian jet’s maneuver was “safe and professional.”
The Su-27 was reportedly scrambled after the Poseidon appeared to be approaching Russia’s border. The Poseidon soon changed its course.
“After approaching a plane at a safe distance the Russian pilot visually identified the flying object as a US surveillance plane P-8A Poseidon,” the Russian military said. Russian officials called the jet’s intercept a “greeting” maneuver.
Below is a video of a similar situation that took place around this time last year:
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