Russian Jet Comes Close To Collision with US Aircraft

The State Department accused Russia of violating an agreement by conducting a dangerous aerial encounter on Monday involving a Su-27 jet that passed dangerously close to a Navy surveillance plane over the Black Sea.

Voicing “the highest level of concern,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the unsafe intercept of a Navy EP-3 aircraft on Monday violated a 1972 U.S.-Russia agreement.

“The United States notes with the highest level of concern the latest incident of unsafe Russian military practices over the Black Sea on Jan. 29,” Nauert said in a statement.

“While the U.S. aircraft was operating under international law, the Russian side was flagrantly violating existing agreements and international law, in this case the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA),” she said.


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