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Russian provocation: Su-35 flew 25 feet ahead of the US patrol aircraft

WASHINGTON, (BM) – For the second time in four days, the Russian Su-35 flew 25 feet (7.62 meters) ahead of the US P-8A Poseidon patrol anti-submarine aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according to Sixth Fleet of the United States Navy statement.

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“On April 19, 2020, the US Navy P-8A flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted twice in 100 minutes by the Russian Su-35. The first interception was considered safe and professional. The second interception was defined as unsafe and unprofessional “– says the release.

According to the Sixth Fleet, the maneuver was considered unsafe due to the high speed of the Su-35. These actions led to turbulence and exhaust of the American P-8A Poseidon jet engine, and also jeopardized the safety of both aircraft.

It is noted that the American plane acted in accordance with international law and “did not provoke Russian actions.”

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It was previously reported that on April 15, 2020, the US P-8A Poseidon was also intercepted by the Russian Su-35, which flew less than eight meters from the American aircraft.

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