Russia Makes WAR MOVE After What They Had ARMED Fighter Jet Do

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An armed Russian fighter jet flew alarmingly close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in the Black Sea.

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

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.

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 told Fox News.

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Earlier, officials described the encounter between the reconnaissance plane and the fighter jet as mostly being “safe.”

“While this one was considered by the flight crew to be safe and professional, this sort of close encounter certainly has the possibility to become dangerous in a hurry,” the defense official said.

In a statement issued Friday, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said a Su-27 jet had “executed a ‘greeting’ maneuver” toward the American pilots, NBC reported.

It added that the fighter had been scrambled after “an air target approaching the Russian state border had been located … above Black Sea neutral waters.”

“After approaching a plane at a safe distance the Russian pilot visually identified the flying object as a U.S. surveillance plane P-8A Poseidon,” the Russian military said in the statement.

Unlike Russian intercepts in the past, this Russian jet approached the U.S. Navy recon plane “slowly,” according to a U.S. defense official. The entire encounter reportedly lasted about an hour.


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