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‘Unsafe and unprofessional’ – Russia’s Su-35 fighters on two sides of a US aircraft

WASHINGTON, (BM) – Two Russian Su-35 fighters intercepted a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft Poseidon P-8A over the Mediterranean Sea, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Washington Times report.

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US officials said the interception was carried out in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner.”

According to the publication, the incident occurred in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and lasted more than one hour. Russian fighters moved from two sides of the American reconnaissance aircraft. As stated in the U.S. Navy, this dangerous maneuver limited the ability of the Poseidon P-8A to act in a safe manner.

“Unsubstantiated actions on the part of the Russian Su-35 pilots did not comply with good flight skills and international flight rules and posed a threat to the safety of aircraft on both sides,” commented on the incident in the US Navy.

Since April, this is the third case of such a dangerous rapprochement in the region.

“In all cases, US aircraft operated in international airspace in accordance with international law and with due attention to flight safety and did not provoke this Russian activity,” said US Navy officials.

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