Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy announced that a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was intercepted earlier on the day by a Russian fighter jet while flying in global airspace over the Black Sea. The crew of the EP-3 reported turbulence after the first interaction and vibration after the second.
The Pentagon said that the EP-3 was conducting routine operations while the encounter happened, not provoking the Russian activity. "The duration of the intercept was about 25 minutes", - told in the U.S. Navy. The SU-27 then made a second pass of the United States plane and applied its afterburner while conducting a banking maneuver, which is believed to have caused a vibration that was experienced by the American crew.
Video with the risky maneuver by the Russians posted on the YouTube channel of the naval forces of the United States.
In a press release, the U.S. Navy said the actions were "irresponsible" and put the pilots and crew "at risk". "We expect that they will behave in accordance with worldwide standards to ensure safety and prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement on the prevention of incidents on and in the high seas (INCSEA)", - stressed in the U.S. Navy.
A US Navy statement on the incident called the Russian jet's behavior "unsafe". A Russian Su-27 Flanker flew within five feet of an EP-3's wing tip over the Black Sea in January, Navy officials said. It approached the aircraft at a safe distance and identified it as an EP-3E Aries signals reconnaissance version of the US Navy.
For the Russian fighter aircraft to fly this close to the U.S. Navy aircraft is unsafe.
"The jet's crew reported identifying the U.S. reconnaissance plane and accompanied it, preventing a violation of Russian airspace and followed all necessary safety procedures", the statement said.
"Despite the fact that Russian military has the right to operate in worldwide airspace, such interaction was irresponsible", the US Navy press service said in Europe and Africa.
And in June a year ago, an Su-27 closed in on the wing of a U.S. RC-135U reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea at high speed, U.S. European Command said at the time.