According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian Su-27 was raised to intercept an “unidentified aerial target approaching the borders of Russia.” Earlier, the United States called the maneuver of the Russian fighter "irresponsible" and "unsafe"
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The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that on November 5, the Russian Su-27 was raised to intercept an American reconnaissance aircraft in the sky over the Black Sea. According to the Russian defense ministry, the events unfolded around 10:00.
A statement by the Ministry of Defense, quoted by RIA Novosti, said that at that time, "an unidentified aerial target was detected by the on-duty means of controlling airspace over the neutral waters of the Black Sea, approaching the border of the airspace of the Russian Federation." As a result, the Su-27 was raised from the nearest airfield to intercept the target.
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The defense ministry claims that the fighter "approached the aircraft at a safe distance" and identified it as EP-3E Aries US Navy. Having reported on the identification of the aircraft, the Russian crew “accompanied him, preventing the violation of the airspace of the Russian Federation in compliance with all necessary security measures,” says the defense department.
After the American plane changed course and retired from the borders of the airspace of Russia, the Russian Su-27 returned to the home airfield, the Defense Ministry said.
About the “unsafe” and “irresponsible” interception of the American EP-3E Aries by the Russian Su-27 in the sky over the Black Sea.