On Saturday, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon was flying in global airspace over the Black Sea when it was intercepted by a Russian SU-30, Eucom spokeswoman Meghan Henderson said. Russian Federation has access to the Black Sea but so do three US allies, as well as occasional military training partners Ukraine and Georgia.
"The U.S. aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior", Baldanza said in the report.
This isn't the first hairy encounter between US and Russian aircrafts.
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The tense incident occurred when the Russian Su-30 flew in front of the USA plane from left to right, causing it to enter its jet wash and roll 15 degrees.
The radioelectronic defense units identified in a neutral zone an objective moving at great speed toward the country's borders, making it necessary to send a fighter SU-30 to the zone, explained sources of the Military District of the South.
"The Russian military is within its right to exercise within global airspace, but they must respect worldwide standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents", Baldanza said. "This is an enclosed sea", Antoshkin said, lamenting that in Soviet times, when Moscow controlled all but Turkey's ports in the Black Sea, foreign air forces did not fly freely above the waters.
The Black Sea has been a focal point of Russia's tensions with the West after Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.