Russian defence minister's plane buzzed by NATO jet: Agencies

Posted June 22, 2017

The Russian plane was en route to the city of Kaliningrad, a western Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, where Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu is scheduled to discuss security issues with defence officials on Wednesday.

He's not wrong: Also on Tuesday, U.S. commanders blasted a Russian SU-27 crew for "erratically" buzzing an American RC-135 recon aircraft in the same patch of sky.

Sweden meanwhile said it had summoned Russia's ambassador in the country after a Russian fighter jet flew close to a Swedish reconnaissance aircraft in worldwide airspace over the Baltic Sea.

A Russian jet chased away a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation aircraft after it tried to approach the defence minister's plane, according to a Russian news agency.

A U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon plane was buzzed by a Russian jet on Monday.

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"The Russian behaviour is unacceptable" and had increased the risk of a serious incident, Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told the TT news agency.

Sweden on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador in the country after a Russian fighter jet flew close to a Swedish reconnaissance aircraft in global airspace over the Baltic Sea.

Hernandez said the close encounter was unprovoked by the USA aircraft and that it wasn't clear if there was any communication between the aircraft.

Russian fighter su-27 flew very close to the reconnaissance aircraft of the United States. Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis accused the Russian pilot of flying too fast and having "poor control" over his jet.

The armed Su-27 reportedly flew within five feet of the Air Force plane.

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Russian reports said the incident was over neutral waters in the Baltic.

While Russia broke no global law with Monday's fly-by, USA military officials said the incident could lead to a breakdown in diplomatic relations.

These were hardly the only instances where North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russian warplanes have met over the Baltic Sea in recent weeks. Moscow said it would target USA jets flying in Syrian airspace as a result. The Pentagon and Russian Federation both said that interaction was carried out in a safe and professional manner.

USNI News had reported that Russian Federation threatened to target any US aircraft in Syria west of the Euphrates River in response to the downing of a Syrian Su-22 Fitter by a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet.

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