International Airspace: Close shave! Russian fighter plane passes metres from US jet

A Russian SU-27 had a close call with a US Navy EP-3 Aries, which was flying in international airspace over the Black Sea on Monday. The video, which was published on YouTube by the US Navy, shows the Russian fighter plane passing apparently just 1.5 metres (5 feet) a US reconnaissance aircraft. In a statement, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert accused Russia of risking a «mid-air... Еще collision» and «disregarding norms» of international airspace. In response, the Russian Ministry of Defence said it was simply responding to an ‘unidentified air target’, adding that the SU-27 fighter plane had acted, “strictly in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace and there were no extraordinary events.”

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