January 30, 2018 12:17 am
Updated: January 30, 2018 6:00 pm

Russian Su-27 jet flew within 1.5 metres of U.S. Navy plane over Black Sea, US says

WATCH ABOVE: A Russian Su-27 intercepted an US Navy EP-3 Aries over the Black Sea on Monday, flying within five feet of the American plane.

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WASHINGTON – The United States is accusing Moscow of unsafe military practices after it says a Russian jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Navy plane over the Black Sea.

The State Department says the incident occurred Monday when a Russian Su-27 jet crossed directly in front of the flight path of the American jet in international airspace. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the United States views it with “the highest level of concern.”

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Nauert says Russia’s military “flagrantly” violated international law and risked a midair collision. She called on Russia “to cease these unsafe actions.”

“This is but the latest example of Russian military activities disregarding international norms and agreements,” Nauert  said in the statement said.

The United States has raised concerns several times over the last year about midair encounters between U.S. and Russian planes, including above the Black Sea and Baltic Sea.

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