Passenger plane crashes in CubaWorld April 29, 22:49
US anti-missile systems in Eastern Europe violate INF Treaty - Russian foreign ministryRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 29, 20:35
Moscow police say 250 people take part in protest rallyWorld April 29, 16:29
Abe plans to continue dialogue with Putin to solve global issuesWorld April 29, 14:50
Moscow is ready to cooperate with Washington on Syria — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 29, 12:24
Diplomat calls US’ allegations about isolation of Russia in UN 'strange'Russian Politics & Diplomacy April 28, 20:58
Experts slam 'Russian hacking' hype as 'fake news' to feed US media's ratingsRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 28, 20:35
Ferrari drivers clock best time in Practice Two of Russia F1 GP in SochiSport April 28, 19:54
Red Bull’s advisor Marko says Kvyat to possibly remain with Toro Rosso next yearSport April 28, 19:16
WASHINGTON, April 13. /TASS/. The actions by the Russian pilot of a Su-27 (Flanker) fighter jet that flew close to a US reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea may deteriorate the US-Russia relations, Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said on Sunday in an interpretation of the air accident rejected by Russia’s Defense Ministry.
A US RC-135U reconnaissance plane was intercepted by Russia’s Su-27 fighter during a flight in international air space close to the Russian borders on April 7. The US claimed that the Russian fighter jet had come to a dangerously close distance of 6 meters. The Pentagon has called the intercept "unsafe and unprofessional."
However, spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry, Maj.-Gen Igor Konashenkov said that "no extraordinary situations emerged" when the Russian fighter jet flew around the US reconnaissance plane.
The spokesman said "the RC-135U plane of the US Air Force was making a flight to the Russian borders with its transponder turned off - a device, which our Pentagon colleagues have liked to talk about lately."
"As for assessing the professionalism of our pilots, this is the competence of exclusively the Russian command. Moreover, US reconnaissance planes may make even ‘ordinary" flights only near the US borders," the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman said.