Russian jet intercepted U.S. one over the Black Sea

Russian jet intercepted U.S. one over the Black SeaU.S. spy plane was intercepted by Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea, which came within 10 feet (3.05 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. defense officials said on Wednesday.

The incident was determined as "unsafe and unprofessional", Reuters reported, citing its sources.

In an interaction that lasted about 19 minutes a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter and a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane flying a regular patrol were involved.

"They're up there for 12 hours and there are lots of interactions. But only one of the incidents was what the pilot determined was unsafe," said another official, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

On other point, Russian defense ministry said it had sent Su-27s on Wednesday to intercept a U.S. aircraft approaching its border over the Black Sea because the American planes had turned off their transponders, which are needed for identification.

"After the Russian fighters approached the reconnaissance aircraft for visual inspection and identification of the aircraft registration numbers, the American planes abruptly changed course and flew in the opposite direction from the Russian border," a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement.

Konashenkov said that the Russian pilots acted in a strict accordance with international rules.

It is not the first interaction between Russian and U.S. jets. There have been a number of similar incidents involving Russia and the United States this year.
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