Russia releases video of another intercept of US aircraft over a hotspot for military activity in Europe



Russian fighter jets intercepted US Navy and Air Force reconnaissance planes and a tanker aircraft over the Black Sea on Friday, the latest such encounter over a part of Europe that is increasingly seen as a flashpoint for tensions between Russia and other Western countries.

A Sukhoi Su-30 scrambled to intercept the US aircraft — a Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol plane, an Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane, and a KC-135 tanker — as they flew in international airspace over the Black Sea, Russia's Defense Ministry said.

"The Russian combat aircraft performed the sortie in strict compliance with the international rules of using the airspace," the Ministry said, adding that Russian radar tracked the US planes, according to state-media outlet Tass.

The Ministry also released footage of the aircraft, including refueling between the RC-135 and the KC-135:

Russian and NATO military aircraft come in frequent contact around Europe. Russia's Defense Ministry said Friday that 35 "spy planes of foreign states" were tracked flying near Russian borders over the past week.


Russia releases video of another intercept of US aircraft over a hotspot for military activity in Europe Russia releases video of another intercept of US aircraft over a hotspot for military activity in Europe Reviewed by Anson Moore on June 27, 2020 Rating: 5

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