On January 29, a Su-27 fighter jet of the Russian Aerospace Forces intercepted a US Navy EP-
“On Jan. 29, 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27. This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the Su-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27’s jet wash. The duration of the intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes,” the Navy said in a statement.
At some moment, the distance between the SU-27 and the EP-3 was about 1.5m.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the flight path of its warplane was “in accordance with the international rules for the use of airspace” and the move was aimed at preventing the EP-3 from violating Russian air space.