The United States held a protest after a Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the Black Sea on Monday.Following the episode, the US called upon Russia to "cease" this unsafe activity and "behave within international standards set to ensure safety". However, Russia expelled the claim and said that all security safeguards were seen amid the interception attempt.
The incident unfurled while the US EP-3 Aries spy plane was out on a mission in international airspace. It was later intercepted by a Russian Su-27, which flanked the US airplane for around 2 hours and 40 minutes, as per the US Navy’s statement.
"This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the Su-27 closing to within five feet (1.5 meters) and crossing directly through the EP-3's flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27's jet wash," the US Navy said.
"The Russian military is within its right to operate within international airspace, but they must behave within international standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents," said the US Navy.
As indicated by Russian defence ministry, an unidentified aircraft was spotted on Monday over the Black Sea impartial waters, moving toward the Russian airspace. "A Su-27 fighter jet from air defense alert force was used to intercept the target. The Su-27 approached the aircraft at a safe distance and identified it as a US ??-3? Aries II electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft," the ministry was cited by Russia's news office TASS.The fighter jet returned to base after the US plane changed its flight course away from the Russian border, the ministry added.
"The Su-27 flight was performed in strict compliance with the international rule of airspace use, no incidents were reported," the ministry included.Russian and NATO forces both operate in international airspace over the Black Sea, and movement in the locality has warmed up since Russia added Crimea in 2014.The US military in recent months has reported a number of "unsafe" incidences with Russian fighter jets in the skies over the Black Sea.