One day after the US complained when, in the latest provocation between Iran and the US, an Iranian vessels once again "harassed" a US Navy coast patrol in the Persian Gulf, the fourth such incident in less than a month, moments ago Reuters reported that in a return to close airborne encounters between Russia and the US, of which the past year has seen over a dozen, a Russian fighter carried out an "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. spy plane flying a regular patrol over the Black Sea, coming within 10 feet of the American aircraft.
P-8 Poseidon plane
One official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident lasted about 19 minutes and the Russian Su-27 fighter came within 10 feet of the U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane.
"They're up there for 12 hours and there are lots of interactions. But only one of the incidents was what the pilot determined was unsafe," said another official, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Officials were now talking with the pilot and reviewing the incident to determine whether it would be included in the annual meeting of U.S. and Russian officials about more serious intercepts, Reuters adds.