Russia had to scramble Crimea-based Su-27 fighter jets on Wednesday to intercept US spy planes making attempts to approach the Russian airspace over the Black Sea while flying with switched-off transponders, the Defense Ministry said.

 

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“On September 7, 2016, US Navy P8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft made two attempts to approach the Russian airspace over the Black Sea while flying with switched-off transponders. Su-27 fighter jets were scrambled from the Belbek airbase [in Crimea],” ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

 

It is also noted that the US aircrafts after approaching of Russian fighters have abruptly changed course in the opposite direction from the Russian borders. The Russian pilots performed in strict adherence to international flight regulations.

 

The Defense Ministry said that after the incident, the Su-27 fighter jets were boosted from an airbase Belbek in Crimea.

 

Earlier, the US defense department reported that Russian aircraft made the interception of US reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea.

 

On April 17 the official representative of the European Command of the US Armed Forces Danny Hernandez reported that a Russian Su-27 made an interception of the US reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 over the Baltic Sea. It was noted that the Russian fighter allegedly performed “chaotic and aggressive maneuver”.

 

The Russian Defense Ministry denied these claims, saying that the crews of Su-27 aircrafts were performing the planned military training flights over neutral waters.