Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Russian aircraft engages in 'unsafe interaction' with U.S. aircraft

Russian aircraft engages in 'unsafe interaction' with U.S. aircraft Russian aircraft engages in 'unsafe interaction' with U.S. aircraft
Melinda Barton | 01 February, 2018, 03:37

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert added that the USA noted with the "highest level of concern the latest incident of unsafe Russian military practices", and she accused Russia of "flagrantly violating" worldwide agreement.

A U.S. Navy spy plane and a Russian fighter jet had a recent close call, avoiding what could have been a near collision.

The United States condemned "unsafe Russian military practices" after a Russian Su-27 fighter flew within 5 feet of a USA surveillance airplane over the Black Sea on Monday. According to the ministry, the Russian fighter jet approached at a "safe distance" and the flight "was performed in strict compliance with worldwide rule [s] of airspace use".

According to the ELN report "Russia - West Dangerous Brinkmanship", 66 incidents identifiable from public sources took place between March 2014 and March 2015. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the intercept was risky and demanded that Russian Federation cease such actions.

The footage, released by United States military, shows the Russian jet flying 1.5 meters away from the U.S. plane as tensions between President Donald Trump and Russia's leader Vladimir Putin escalate amid World War 3 fears.

US Naval Forces Europe-Africa released more footage on Wednesday of a Russian fighter jet coming within five feet of a US Navy plane on Monday.

"The Russian military is within its right to operate within worldwide airspace, but they must behave within global standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents on and Over the High Seas (INCSEA)", it continued.

In total, the incident lasted for two hours and 40 minutes, with U.S. Navy officials telling CNN they were forced to end their mission prematurely as a safety precaution to avoid crashes, though Russia's Defense Ministry responded that the Russian aircraft had also been acting in accordance with worldwide rules. As a result, the aircraft experienced "a 15-degree roll and violent turbulence". "Unsafe actions‎ have the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved".

Picture of Russian SU-27 fighter violating Finland's airspace near Porvoo, Finland, early October 7, 2016.