Su-27 safely intercepts US aircraft near Russian border
Russia’s Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a US ЕР-3Е Aries II warfare and reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Black Sea towards the Russian border. All safety precautions were observed during the interception, the Russian defense ministry’s press service said.
"A Su-27 fighter jet from air defense alert force was used to intercept the target. The Su-27 approached the aircraft to a safe distance and identified it as a US ЕР-3Е Aries II electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft," the ministry said.
The Russian ministry noted that the fighter jet followed the US aircraft to prevent it from violating Russia’s airspace borders observing all necessary safety precautions.
After the US reconnaissance aircraft changed its course off Russia’s airspace border, the Russian Su-27 fighter jet returned to the base. "The Su-27 flight was performed in strict compliance with international rule of airspace use, not incidents were reported," TASS cited the ministry as saying.
CNN reported earlier citing US officials that a Russian fighter jet had intercepted an Orion reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea, adding that the interception had been unsafe.