MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. A Russian Su-27 fighter was scrambled to intercept a US strategic reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea, Russia’s National Defense Control Center reported on Wednesday.
On July 14, Russian airspace control systems detected an aerial target over the Black Sea approaching Russia’s state border. A Su-27 fighter of the Southern Military District’s air defense quick reaction alert forces was scrambled to prevent a violation of the Russian state border, the National Defense Control Center specified.
"The Russian fighter’s crew identified the aerial target as a US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance plane and shadowed it over the Black Sea," the statement says.
After the foreign plane made a U-turn from Russia’s state border, the fighter safely returned to its home airfield, the National Defense Control Center said.
"The Russian fighter’s flight proceeded in strict compliance with the international rules of using the airspace," the statement says.