-AGAIN, US CLASHES RUSSIA OVER JET MANOEUVRE
– US considers Russia repeated harassment a flexing of muscle
– Russia says it was only observing the ship from a relatively safe point
AGAIN, US CLASHES RUSSIA OVER JET MANOEUVRE
The pentagon has announced that A Russian SU-27 fighter jet performed a barrel roll over the US aircraft on Friday.
The Russian jet fighter intercepted a US Air Force reconnaissance plane on Friday did so in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner” over the Baltic Sea, the Pentagon has said.
It says the fighter performed a barrel roll plane over the American plane.
It is the second incident in the Baltic this month in which the US has accused Russian planes of flying aggressively after accusing Russia of harassing a US war ship of the US.
According to BBC, Two Russian planes flew close to a US guided missile destroyer almost a dozen times in the Baltic on 13 April.
“There have been repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns, and we are very concerned with any such behavior,” Pentagon spokesman Daniel Hernandez said on Friday.
“The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and at no time crossed into Russian territory. This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all air crews involved.
“More importantly, the unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries.”
Military encounters between Russia and the US and its allies have escalated significantly over the past two years, BBC reported
Mr Hernandez reportedly added that the Su-27’s “erratic and aggressive manoeuvres” also threatened the safety of the US aircrew, coming within 7.6m (25ft) of the fuselage of the American plane before conducting its barrel roll.
However, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has defended the flybys of warplanes over the US Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea, insisting they were only observing the ship “from a safe distance”.
Military encounters between Russia and the US and its allies have escalated significantly over the past two years, ever since Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the breakdown of relations between East and West.
The BBC’s Gary O’Donoghue in Washington reported after the destroyer incident that Russia’s actions were regarded by defence analysts as a flexing of muscle – a reminder that Russia has military might and cannot be pushed around.