US Military Releases STUNNING Photos of ‘Unsafe’ Russian Fighter Intercept

Photo credit: US European Command 
The United States European Command released shocking new images Friday of a Russian fighter jet performing an “unsafe” intercept of a United States Reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea, an act that prompted an official complaint from the American military.

The photographs depict a Russian SU-27 rapidly approaching an American RC-135 U spy plane, coming within five feet of the American Aircraft. The fighter appears off one wing, disappears underneath the reconnaissance plane, then reappears off the other wing.
According to the Russian defense ministry, the US plane “swerved” towards the Russian jet, causing the near collision.

Intercepts between the United States and Russia are common place, but the recent incident was considered particularly dangerous “due to the high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft during the intercept,” said US Air Force officials.

This is the 35th “interaction” between the United States and Russian militaries in or around the Baltic Sea.

Relations between the two nations continue to deteriorate as Moscow and Washington find themselves on opposing sides of the ongoing Syrian civil-war, NATO expansion in Europe, allegations of election hacking, and a host of other issues.

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