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Russian Fighter Intercepts US Reconaissance Aircraft over Black Sea

Russian Fighter Intercepts US Reconaissance Aircraft over Black Sea

The U.S. P-8A Poseidon did nothing to provoke the maneuver, defense spokesperson Michelle Baldanza told the Daily News.

Russia's military responded Tuesday by saying its jet had been dispatched because the US plane was approaching its borders "at high speed", according to the state-run TASS news agency. It is reported that the incident lasted for around 24 minutes.

The incident involved a dramatic close call between a Russian Su-30 fighter jet and a U.S. P-8A Poseidon, disrupting the routine practice of intercepting non-ally aircraft near national waters.

"The US aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior", Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said to CNN.

In June, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-15 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

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"This interaction was determined to be unsafe", Henderson said in the emailed statement.

"The US aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior".

U.S. Navy flight pilots are seen aboard the Boeing P-8A Poseidon plane before its departure to take part in the search for the ARA San Juan submarine missing at sea, at a military air base in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, November 26.

As a result of the "provocative" manoeuvre, the USA aircraft did "a 15-degree roll" that could have caused "serious harm and injury to all air crews involved", a United States official said.