Russia says fighter jet intercepts US bomber on border

The defense ministry said in a statement that it had to scramble the Su-27 to the area over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning after Russian radars spotted an aircraft flying along the border.

By: AP | Moscow | Published:June 6, 2017 10:20 pm
The defense ministry did not specify where exactly the intercept happened. (Representational photo/AP/Pavel Golovkin)

Russia’s defense ministry said today one of its fighter jets intercepted an American strategic bomber that was flying near the border of Russian airspace.

The defense ministry said in a statement that it had to scramble the Su-27 to the area over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning after Russian radars spotted an aircraft flying along the border. The ministry said the Russian jet identified it as a US B-52 bomber and escorted it until it flew further away from the border.

The defense ministry did not specify where exactly the intercept happened.

In a separate incident, a Russian MiG-31 was dispatched early today afternoon to intercept Norwegian maritime surveillance aircraft flying over the Barents Sea near the Russian border, the Russian defense ministry said.

Similar incidents have happened close to Russian airspace in the past. In September, a Russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a US Navy surveillance aircraft, in what American officials called an unsafe intercept over the Black Sea. In another dramatic incident last year, Russian jets buzzed over the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, coming within 30 feet of the American warship.

Capt Joe Alonso, a spokesman for US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, said he could not confirm the report, but that the military was aware of it and looking into it.

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    kushal kumar
    Jun 7, 2017 at 4:08 am
    This Vedic astrology writer has already been predicting that sea is likely to play a role in 2017. South China Sea , East China Sea , Baltic Sea and the like may come into picture. Baltic or Nordic States like Estonia, Denmark , Iceland , Austria and the like may be in focus during 2017 , more so during 24 June to September 2017. 19 August to 4 September 2017 could concern several countries across the globe and so for the aforesaid.
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