US Military Releases Photos of Dangerously Close Russian Jet Encounter

US Military Releases Photos of Dangerously Close Russian Jet Encounter


An armed Russian fighter jet came within just five feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane during an unsafe altercation that occurred this week over the Baltic Sea.

Once it achieved a position alongside the U.S. craft, the jet’s maneuvers became even more “provocative” as it began flying “erratically,” according to U.S. officials who spoke with Fox News.

U.S. European Command later released dramatic photos Friday of the Monday encounter that were stunning for the simple fact that the pilot in the Russian Su-27 could be seen from the cockpit of the U.S. RC-135U.

 Take a look at one of the photos below:

While it is not uncommon for planes of rival nations to intercept each other is not uncommon, EUCOM noted in a statement that “due to the high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft during the intercept, this interaction was determined to be unsafe,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

 If this were a rare incident it might not be so concerning, but another Su-27 jet reportedly flew too close to a Swedish reconnaissance plane just two days later.And as noted by Fox News, there have in fact been “35 interactions in the Baltic Sea region between U.S. andRussian jets and warships” since the start of the month, though the one Monday was the most troubling.

Though some worry that Russian President Vladimir Putin might be pushing for a conflict with the United States, Robert Laurie of Canada Free Press cautioned that he ‘s likely simply engaging in “standard saber-rattling.”

 “We downed a Syrian aircraft, Assad is an ally of Putin’s, and Putin has to respond,” he wrote, alluding to what happened Sunday when the U.S. military shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it bombed American-backed rebel forces on the ground.

Incidentally, the encounter Monday came the same day the Russian Defense Ministry warned it would now treat U.S.-led coalition jets flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as targets.

Though Russia reportedly eventually caved, it appears it tried at least onetime to act tough. Unfortunately for the Russian bear, America is not intimidated. Stunned perhaps, but certainly not scared.

H/T Hannity

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