Russian Fighter Jet Comes Within 20 Feet of U.S. Navy Plane

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The Su-27 approached the P-8A Poseidon while it was “conducting routine operations in international airspace” on Tuesday, according to Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

She added that the interaction “was considered safe and professional” by the P-8A’s mission commander.

In a statement issued Friday, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said a Su-30 jet had “executed a ‘greeting’ maneuver” toward the American pilots.

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