RFE/RL: U.S. Navy complains of second 'unsafe' Russian jet interception in four days

14:50, 20 April 2020
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In its statement on April 19, the U.S. Navy did not say where exactly the encounter occurred, only that it happened over international waters, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.

Several aircraft tracking sites said the incident occurred in the eastern Mediterranean, not far from the Syrian coast.

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The Russian Su-35 fighter jet approached the P-8A plane twice on April 19, and during the second time, it came within 8 meters of the U.S. plane, the Navy said.

"The second intercept was determined to be unsafe and unprofessional," it said.

A similar encounter occurred in same vicinity on April 15, the Navy said.

There was no immediate comment from the Russian Defense Ministry to the U.S. statement.

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