Russian Jet Again Harasses U.S. Reconnaissance Plane

‘Unsafe’ aerial intercept of RC-135 over Baltic Sea

A Russian fighter jet conducted a dangerous aerial intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft two weeks ago over the Baltic Sea in the latest sign of heightened military tensions between Moscow and Washington.

“The nature of the intercept was unsafe,” said a senior defense official familiar with details of the encounter.

However, it is unclear whether the May 30 incident between the RC-135 reconnaissance jet and a Russian Su-27 interceptor that flew too close was intentional or due to the pilot’s lack of flying experience, the official said. Continue reading