US releases photos of 'unsafe' Russian jet intercept

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed Tuesday that the RC-135 plane swerved dangerously near a Russian SU-27 fighter jet, according to the Reuters news agency which cited Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.

The F-16 fighter jets which yesterday intercepted the Russian defence minister's plane over the Baltic Sea were Polish, Poland's defence ministry has said according to private radio station RMF FM. A Russian Su-27 fighter then edged in between the minister's plane and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jet to ward it off.

Shoigu also said "some countries" are using "political, information and economic pressure", as well as "military force", as tools "for achieving geopolitical goals" - likely a reference to the United States, and Washington's sanctions on Russian Federation and military operations in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "Once complete, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jets break away".

Russian officials claimed the USA plane was "approach [ing] the Russian state border".

The incident was confirmed by the Swedish Ministry of Defense at Tass.

The U.S. European Command has just released a series of photos that captured a recent mid-air tango between a U.S. RC135U surveillance plane and an armed Russian SU-27 Flanker that occurred over the Baltic Sea this week.

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Russia, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said it would treat US-led coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft. "This is an exception, not the norm, but we were again operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke", said Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation confirmed the intercept, saying in an emailed statement that "three Russian aircraft, including two fighters", had been tracked over the Baltic Sea.

There have been more than 30 interactions between US and Russian planes and ships in the Baltic Sea since the beginning of June, US officials tell CNN.

The defense minister was visiting Kaliningrad, Russia's westernmost enclave that has become a flashpoint for Russia-NATO tensions.

A Russian Su-27 fighter jet is seen above in this stock photo.

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