Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza told the outlet that a Russian Su-30 intercepted a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the Black Sea by crossing in front of it from right to left while engaging its afterburners.
The Pentagon confirmed the incident to CNN, which reported the jet came as close as 50ft to the US P-8A Poseidon recon aircraft.
While, Baldanza says that, "The US aircraft was operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior". Russian Federation has access to the Black Sea but so do three US allies, as well as occasional military training partners Ukraine and Georgia.
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U.S. Navy flight pilots are seen aboard the Boeing P-8A Poseidon plane before its departure to take part in the search for the ARA San Juan submarine missing at sea, at a military air base in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, November 26.
A U.S. surveillance plane experienced "violent turbulence" when an Russian fighter jet cut in front of it over the Black Sea in a weekend incident that the United States deemed "unsafe", U.S. European Command (Eucom) said Tuesday. "Unsafe actions have the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all air crews involved".
The incident appeared as the first known incident of such type since the same incident was happened in June, when a Russian armed jet fighter buzzed a reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force flying over the Baltic Sea. This forced the USA aircraft to undergo a 15-degree roll and experience aggressive turbulence.