Russia intercepts US Navy planes over Black Sea
Russian Defense Ministry scrambles Su-27 fighter jets to accompany US Navy patrol, scout planes over neutral waters
Russia on Monday scrambled Su-27 fighter jets to intercept two US Navy planes over the neutral waters of the Black Sea, the Defense Ministry said
The ministry did not specify how many Russian Su jets were sent for interception, saying in a statement only that the US patrol plane P-8A Poseidon and scout plane RC-135 were detected by air defense and then accompanied until they veered away from the Russian border.
"There was no violation of the state border of the Russian Federation," the statement said.
The alert services then followed the US planes' flight on radar till they moved away a considerable distance, it added.
According to Defense Ministry data, last week 33 foreign scout aircraft and five drones were detected along Russia's borders carrying out reconnaissance.