This is the moment two Russian pilots made an “unsafe” intercept of a US Navy surveillance plane flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea, according to a report.
“Two Russian Su-35 aircraft unsafely intercepted a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet over the Mediterranean Sea May 26, 2020,” the US Navy said in a statement, according to CNN.
“The intercept was determined to be unsafe and unprofessional due to the Russian pilots taking close station on each wing of the P-8A simultaneously, restricting the P-8A’s ability to safely maneuver, and lasted a total of 64 minutes,” it added.
Footage shows the Russian jets flying close to the wings of the twin-engine Boeing, a modified 737, on Tuesday.
“The unnecessary actions of the Russian Su-35 pilots were inconsistent with good airmanship and international flight rules,” the Navy said.
The close encounter — which lasted more than an hour — comes after Russian pilots buzzed two US planes in the same area in April.
Earlier Tuesday, the US military accused Moscow of flying military jets to Libya support of Russian mercenaries operating there, according to CBS News.
The Kremlin called that claim “disinformation.”
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