Russian planes have carried out “simulated attacks” on U.S. jets over Syria in what is seen as a breach of last year’s military agreement between Moscow and Washington, a report said.
Russia appears to have been spooked after the U.S. Air Force in November deployed 12 F-15 jets to Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, the report said. Half of those were F-15C Eagles, designed for air-to-air combat.
While over Syria, the F-15s became a particular target for Russian pilots who “took the opportunity to practice aggressive maneuvering against U.S. aircraft, including positioning for simulated attacks,” the report said.
Last week, the U.S. accused Russia of “aggressive” and “unsafe” maneuvers after two Su-24 jets flew within 30 feet of an American destroyer in the Baltic Sea. Across Europe, Russian fighters and bombers have been intercepted while probing the air defenses of NATO countries.
Full article: Report: Russia breaks military deal with U.S. in Syria (World Tribune)