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Russian Fighter Jet Intercepted U.S. Marines’ Surveillance Aircraft Off Syria Three Times

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Russian Fighter Jet Intercepted U.S. Marines' Surveillance Aircraft Off Syria Three Times

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A Russian Su-35 intercepted a P-8A multimission maritime aircraft (MMA) of the U.S. Navy off Syria’s shore three times on June 4, according to an official statement of the U.S. Navy 6th Fleet.

The 6th Fleet’s command said in the statement that the first and third interaction were “safe.” However, the second was “unsafe” due to the SU-35 conducting “a high speed pass directly in front of the P-8A.” The command went on to claim that the Su-35’s maneuver posed a threat to the lives of the MMA’s crew.

“This interaction was irresponsible. We expect them [the Russian Aerospace Forces] to behave within international standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents … Unsafe actions‎ increase the risk of miscalculation and potential for midair collisions,” the 6th Fleet’s statement reads.

The Ministry of Defense of Russia rejected the U.S. Navy claims. It said that the Su-35 was maneuvering at a safe distance and returned to Hmeimim airbase on the Syrian coast as soon as the P-8A changed its direction. However, the U.S. MMA returned to the same location three hours later, which forced the Su-35 to respond once again.

The Russian side stressed that its actions were “complied with international regulations.”

The P-8A, which was introduced by Boeing in 2013, is equipped with an array of signal intelligence (SIGINT), electronic intelligence (ELINT) and electronic warfare (EW) systems. Aircrafts of this type have been spying on Russian bases on the Syrian coast for more than three years now.

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  • Rob

    These US idiots collect data for future events. They also share this data with terrorist groups for example Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Israel.

  • Rob

    The list of top 10 active leaders

    1. Putin
    2. Xi
    3. Trump
    4. Modi
    5. Rohani
    6. May
    7. Kim
    8. Imran Khan
    9. Markel
    10. Macron

    • occupybacon

      Bibi no?

      • Rob

        Bibi Netanyahu wasted time to built government with in 6 weeks. Now he should wait till September. He also facing at least 3 corruption charges.

      • Sinbad2

        No.

      • Ivan Freely

        Trump is Bibi’s representative.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Good shot treat them like man no more baby sitters.Their spy action causes risk to them self.

  • Barba_Papa

    It’s always Russia’s fault. Russian spy planes fly near the coasts of Western countries? Russian aggression! Russia intercepts Western spy planes? Russian aggression.

  • Uwe

    Stop spying and the MMA crew will be safe. WTF do you expect? Israeli would shut down such a plane on the spot. As they already did.

  • skinner15

    Pampers can save the day.

    The greatest product the Yanks ever did.

  • Marius Murioti

    Russian Tzars act like actual russian government???? Atcnitesi.

  • Hammerstrike

    “Un… Unsafe maneuvers!”
    Stone cold losers!

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    HEY YANKS HERES AN IDEA: DONT SPY ON THEM, WONT BE ANY “UNSAFE” FLYBYS! :)))

    • Sinbad2

      Americans have to spy, it’s in their genes.
      They are the nosiest people on earth, and not just at a Government level.

      • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

        it will be their downfall