Russia's Su-27 Scrambled to Intercept US Spy Plane Over Baltic Sea
Russian fighter jet Su-27 was scrambled on Tuesday to intercept a US Air Force patrol plane over the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defence Ministry's National Defence Control Centre said, Sputnik reports.
"On 15 September, Russian airspace control devices detected an air target approaching the Russian state border over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea", the statement says.
In order to identify an air target and prevent violation of the Russian state border, a Su-27 fighter from the Western Military District's air defence forces was scrambled.
"The crew of the Russian fighter approached the aerial object at a safe distance and identified it as a US Navy patrol aircraft P-8A Poseidon and escorted it over the Baltic Sea", the statement reads.