(National Sentinel) Defense: A Russian fighter jet flew to within 20 feet of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft in international waters over the Black Sea, marking the latest in a series of provocative acts by Russian military aircraft harkening back to the Cold War.
As Fox News reported, U.S. military officials described the encounter as “professional,” but that hardly seems accurate given that had Chinese or Iranian aircraft flown that close to a U.S. jet, such an encounter would have been described in a far different manner. So, diplomacy at work.
Still, “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,” a defense official said.
The encounter involved a Russian Su-27 fighter and a P-8A Poseidon recon plane in international airspace. The Russian fighter was apparently scrambled as the Poseidon approached the Russian border. It changed course soon afterward.
In a statement issued Friday, Russian officials called the jet’s intercept a “greeting” maneuver.
“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 a statement Friday.
Unlike Russian intercepts in the past, this Russian jet approached the US Navy recon plane “slowly,” the defense official told Fox News. The entire encounter lasted about an hour.
“It goes on almost every day of the week,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the insane Left continues to insist, incredibly and despite evidence like this to the contrary, that President Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are buds and colluded to keep Hillary Clinton – a woman who helped Putin gain control over 20 percent of U.S. strategic uranium – out of the White House.