Russia To Beef Up Military Forces On Western Flank, Citing NATO Threat
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 17:08
Military officials have released images showing a Russian jet that came within five feet of a US reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea this week.
U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the American plane "did nothing to provoke this behavior", Reuters added.
The majority have been deemed safe, USA officials say.
The incident comes amid renewed tensions between Washington and Moscow, sparked by the U.S. downing of a Syrian jet after it targeted American-allied rebels. In response to the shoot-down, Russian Federation said it would begin tracking USA aircraft in Syria as potential targets.
Shortly thereafter, it was known that a Russian Su-27 fighter had arrived on a Swedish spy plane during a flight in an worldwide airspace.
The U.S.is already involved in the Syria conflict.
"The Russian behaviour is unacceptable" and had increased the risk of a serious incident, Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told the TT news agency.
The intercept on Monday occurred 25 miles (40 km) from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, over worldwide waters.
Peskov had previously said that the G-20 summit would be "a good occasion to meet". The vast majority of these encounters have been safe and professional, the official added - a point that adds to the significance of Monday's incident. -Russian tensions could be playing out in the Baltics.
On Sunday the Pentagon said a Russian Su-27 came within a few metres of a USA reconnaissance plane.
United States officials deemed that intercept "unsafe" as the armed Russian jet flew "erratically", in close proximity to the American spy plane. Russian officials blamed the pilot of the US spy plane.
Sergey Shoigu, Russia's defence minister, said the growing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence in Eastern Europe demonstrates "blatant unwillingness" of Western nations to stop "pursuing an anti-Russian agenda". "The [Russian] fighter "showed" the Nato-ite its weaponry by tilting its wings", the state news agency Ria Novosti reported. It was not clear which air force the F-16 belonged to.