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Russian Su-27 Fighter Jet Buzzes U.S. Air Force RC-135 Reconnaissance Plane

Russian air force Su-27 jet fighters perform at an air show outside Moscow in 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
Russian air force Su-27 jet fighters perform at an air show outside Moscow in 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Russian air force Su-27 jet fighters perform at an air show outside Moscow in 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

An Russian Su-27 jet armed with air-to-air missiles “rapidly” approached a U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet over the Baltic Sea, coming within five feet. The close call comes after an F-18 Super Hornet shown down a SU-22 Sunday, prompting the Russians to threaten to target U.S.-led coalition planes west of the Euphrates River in Syria.

But it wasn’t the first time this has happened in the region.

There have been no less than 35 such interactions since June 2nd in the Baltic Sea region, but the incident Monday morning is notable because the U.S. Pentagon considered it “unsafe.”

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