US releases dramatic photos of 'unsafe' Russian jet intercept

NATO jet approaches Russian defence minister's plane

On Wednesday, Shoigu's jet was bound for the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad when it was intercepted by an F-16, the Russian reports said.

According to RMF FM, they intercepted Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu's Tu-154 plane and its two armed Su-27 jet escorts.

Russia disputed claims that its aircraft was at fault during the encounter and said it intercepted two U.S. reconnaissance aircraft as they "approached the Russian state border".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said it had tracked three Russian aircraft over the Baltic on Wednesday, including two fighter jets which it said did not respond to air traffic control or requests to identify themselves.

When asked by CNN if the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jet was chased away, the official said: "Once identification of the aircraft was complete, our jets broke away as it is standard procedure".

A Russian television station broadcasts videos via a Russian official's plane, which clearly shows the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation F-16 attempting to approach the plane and a Sukhui to intercept it.

The U.S. European Command has just released a series of photos that captured a recent mid-air tango between a U.S. RC135U surveillance plane and an armed Russian SU-27 Flanker that occurred over the Baltic Sea this week. Neither Russia nor the US will want to escalate actions based on this recent issue.




The U.S. has reported similar 35 interactions with Russian aircraft in the past month.

Apparently referring to the same episode, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the USA aircraft "did nothing to provoke this behavior".

Those exercises have primarily taken place in the Baltic Sea, the Arctic and along Russia's border with several North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners.

About 10 minutes later, another United States surveillance plane arrived, and it too was intercepted by a SU-27 jet, the ministry said.

"During the escorting, the RC-135 crew made an attempt of closing with the Russian fighter, performing a provocative turnaround toward the Su-27", the TASS news agency quoted the Russian ministry as saying.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation insisted the crew's actions were "routine" to identify the plane while "maintaining a safe distance at all times" and then break away.

The Baltic Sea has become an area of rising tensions between Moscow and the Western military alliance.

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