- Russian Su-27 fighter jet armed with missiles ‘came within five feet’ of US reconnaissance plane over Baltic Sea
- US officials said the Russian pilot undertook ‘provocative’ maneuvers and was flying ‘erratically’
- Incident took place one day after US military shot down a Syrian jet near the town of Raqqa
- Russia condemned the US move, saying it would treat US-led coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates as potential targets
A Russian warplane came within five feet of a US Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea on Monday, two US officials told Fox News on Tuesday.
According to the officials, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet which was armed with missiles ‘rapidly’ approached an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane.
As the planes were flying side by side, the Russian pilot began to undertake ‘provocative’ maneuvers by flying ‘erratically,’ according to a US official.
The incident happened a day after the US military brought down a Syrian military jet near Raqqa for bombing near US-allied forces on the ground, the first time Washington had carried out such an action in the multi-pronged civil war.
Russia, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said it would treat US-led coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft.
It stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.