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Report: NATO jet buzzes Russian protection minister’s airplane
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 19:45
On this April 26, 2017 photograph, Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu attends the sixth Moscow Convention on Worldwide Safety (MCIS) in Moscow. (Natalia Kolesnikova / Autopresse.eu)
MOSCOW – A airplane carrying Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu was buzzed by a NATO F-16 fighter jet because it flew over the Baltic Sea, however was seen off by a Russian Sukhoi-27 army jet, Russian information companies reported on Wednesday.
The F-16 had tried to strategy the plane carrying the protection minister despite the fact that it was flying over impartial waters, companies mentioned.
Shoigu was reported to be en path to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad for a gathering to debate how effectively Russia’s western flank was defended.
One of many Russian fighter jets escorting Shoigu’s airplane had inserted itself between the protection minister’s airplane and the NATO fighter and tilted its wings backward and forward to indicate the weapons it was carrying, Russian companies mentioned.
After that, companies mentioned the F-16 left the realm.
The Baltic Sea has develop into an space of rising tensions between Moscow and NATO. Earlier this month, Russia scrambled a fighter jet to intercept a nuclear-capable US B-52 strategic bomber it mentioned was flying over the Baltic close to its border, in an incident that had echoes of the Chilly Battle.
The Kremlin referred questions concerning the newest incident to the protection ministry, which didn’t instantly remark. It has mentioned previously that each one Russian flights over the Baltic are carried out in strict accordance with worldwide legislation.
The incident occurred a day after the Russian protection ministry mentioned an RC-135 US reconnaissance airplane had swerved dangerously within the proximity of a Russian fighter jet over the Baltic. The ministry mentioned on the similar time that one other RC-135 had been intercepted by a Russian jet in the identical space.
The Pentagon had a distinct model of occasions.
Apparently referring to the identical episode, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis mentioned the US plane “did nothing to impress this conduct.”
The Pentagon mentioned the intercept had been unsafe and accused the Russian pilot of flying too quick and having “poor management” over his SU-27 fighter jet.