Russian fighter jets on Wednesday intercepted three U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic and Black seas, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russian airspace control systems detected an air target approaching the Russian border over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, the ministry’s Zvezda broadcasting service said in a statement.

The crew of a Russian Su-27 fighter approached the aerial object and identified it at a safe distance as a U.S. Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance plane, Zvezda said.

Also on Wednesday, another Su-27 jet was scrambled to intercept a U.S. Air Force RC-135 plane and a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft reconnaissance aircraft, which were approaching Russia over the neutral waters of the Black Sea.

In the past few weeks, Russian jets repeatedly intercepted U.S. reconnaissance planes approaching the Russian border from various directions.

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Source: Xinhua

  1. The US is determined to provoke a Russian response. The US has zero business over the Baltic and Black Seas. Fact of the matter, it needs to stop its meddling all over the planet. The rest of the world is growing tired of US meddling and bullying. The rest of the world won’t miss the USA once its gone and it cannot come soon enough. The US is a dying empire collapsing from its own financial and moral bankruptcy.

  2. #Mike: How about the now almost monthly episodes of the UK’s RAF having to intercept Russian fighter jets in British airspace? Or the frequent discovery by The Royal Navy of Russian submarines in British maritime waters? Pin that in the Americans (of whom I far from a fan, it might be added). Russia is not an innocent, benign nation. It is meddling with things all over the world, from elections to the geopolitics of the middle east. The Russian political masters are still shedding tears over the collapse of their rotten to the core empire, the USSR.

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