A Russian fighter jet intercepted a U.S. Navy aircraft at close range over the Mediterranean Sea on April 15.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa claimed that a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft, used for tracking submarines, was peacefully flying in international airspace when a BIG BAD Russian SU-35 performed a high-speed, inverted maneuver 25 feet in front of the Navy plane.
“On April 15, 2020, a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-35. The interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-35 conducting a high-speed, inverted maneuver, 25 ft. directly in front of the mission aircraft, which put our pilots and crew at risk. The crew of the P-8A reported wake turbulence following the interaction. The duration of the intercept was approximately 42 minutes.
While the Russian aircraft was operating in international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible. We expect them to behave within international standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA). Unsafe actions increase the risk of miscalculation and potential for midair collisions.
The U.S. aircraft was operating consistent with international law and did not provoke this Russian activity.”
The US was not so concerned when it was supporting terrorists in Syria and invaded the country under pretext of combating terrorists in fact supported by the US (at least for some time). However, now, when despite the US efforts, the country is on the brink of the victory over the terrorism, the US has become concerned over the ‘international law’.
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