Moscow scrambles fighter jet after detecting United States spy plane approaching Russian border

Posted November 29, 2017

CNN reported Monday that a Russian Su-30 fighter made an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft Saturday while it was flying over the Black Sea.

US and Russian aircraft often have encounters in the region, some of which the United States has slammed as unsafe and/or unprofessional.

The last reported interaction between USA and Russian aircraft took place in June when a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 flew within five feet of an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane.

The Navy aircraft had its transponder on and was conducting "routine operations in global airspace".

The Russian military has not officially commented on the situation but state media coverage has been overwhelmingly skeptical about claims Moscow's aircraft was at fault.

"The Russian fighter approached the air target and identified it as a USA reconnaissance plane P-8A Poseidon".

Also speaking to state news agency RIA Novosti, the retired deputy commander of Russia's air force, Nikolay Antoshkin, dismissed the USA reaction.

"The P-8 was forced to fly through the jet wash of the SU-30", Baldanza said.

"Americans have nothing to do in the Black Sea".

Citing the press office of the Southern Military District, Russia's official news agency TASS said the military detected an aircraft at 1.00 p.m. Moscow time (1000GMT) Saturday approaching the Russian border at "high speed".