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Another Russian fighter jet flew extremely close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane in the Black Sea which makes this the second incident in less than a week. 

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This latest incident occurred about 30 miles from Russia in a northern portion of the Black Sea about 100 miles from Russian-held Crimea, Fox News reports.

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The two incidents occurred before and after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Washington and Alaska this week.

The latest incident occurred Friday morning, when another Russian Su-27 jet flew 40 feet from a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon recon plane flying in international airspace, according to U.S. officials.

A previous incident on Tuesday involved an armed Russian Su-27 jet flying within 20 feet of the U.S. reconnaissance plane

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It is not immediately clear if the Russian fighter jet on Friday was armed or whether the same American and Russian jets were involved in this latest episode.

The incident occurred just one day before Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with President Trump.

The latest incident comes just one day after we reported that an armed Russian fighter jet flew alarmingly close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in the Black Sea.

The Russian jet came as close as 20 feet to the American aircraft and remained that close for five minutes, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.

One U.S. official called the move “highly provocative” considering the Russian jet was visibly armed with six air-to-air missiles under its wings.

Defense officials report that the Russian missiles were medium-range AA-10 air-to-air missiles, which NATO calls “Alamo.”

Fox News Pentagon/State Dept Producer, Lucas Tomlinson reports that the Pentagon has stepped up its reconnaissance flights in the Black Sea since 2014 when Russian annexed Crimea under the guise of a military training exercise. The U.S. Navy has also sent more warships to the region.

In February, Russian jets buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea. Last month, that same warship – USS Porter — launched cruise missiles into Syria from the Mediterranean.

The US Army has deployed dozens of battle tanks and hundreds of soldiers to conduct joint training exercises in Romania along the Black Sea since first arriving in a February. More NATO exercises are expected in the region in the coming months.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Lithuania to reassure anxious Baltic NATO allies on Russia’s doorstep.

Later Thursday, a Russian Su-24 attack jet flew into South Korea’s Air Defense Zone prompting the South Korean military to scramble two F-16 fighter jets to the Sea of Japan.

The Russian jet came within 70 miles of the USS Carl Vinson Strike Group, “which isn’t very far when you are talking about jets,” a defense official said.

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Also on Thursday, a new shipment of Russian SA-21 surface-to-air missiles arrived in Syria, doubling the number of missiles the Russians have there, less than a week after pushing forward a new ceasefire agreement in Syria along with Iran and NATO-ally Turkey. While the U.S. government had a representative at the Syrian peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, the United States was not a party to the agreement.

President Trump’s national security advisor H.R. McMaster told White House reporters Friday the United States would continue to “confront” Russia going forward.

“What the president has made clear is that he will confront Russia’s disruptive behavior, such as the support for the murderous Assad regime in Syria … its enabling of Iran, and it’s very destructive policy and strategy that it’s executing across the Middle East.”

But McMaster also said the Trump administration would explore areas where the two nations could potentially cooperate.

Russia “could best advance its interests from cooperating with the United States and others to resolve those conflicts rather than perpetuate them,” McMaster said.

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