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Navy releases videos of 'unsafe' intercept by Russian jet

Navy releases videos of 'unsafe' intercept by Russian jet”

The Diplomat recalls that a similar unsafe intercept of a U.S. EP-3 aircraft by a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea in 2001 resulted in a midair collision that killed the Chinese pilot and damaged the American plane, forcing it to make an emergency landing at a Chinese airbase.

However, Russia's Defense Ministry said that the intercept was conducted in strict compliance with worldwide aviation rules and was necessary to prevent the Aries from violating Russian airspace.

"While the US aircraft was operating under worldwide law, the Russian side was flagrantly violating existing agreements and global law, in this case the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA)", she said. The US said the Russian aircraft made a risky maneuver, coming as close as five feet from the American spy plane's right wingtip, and later crossing its path within 10 feet.

The defense ministry claimed the incident should be called an "escort" as the SU-27 flew alongside the American plane for over two hours and "prevented" the aircraft from moving closer to the Russian mainland.

"Also, we would like to draw attention to the fact that it takes Russia's fighter planes just minutes to "intercept" air targets approaching the state border with their transponders turned off".

Monday's intercept is the latest in a string of "unsafe" intercepts that the Russian military has conducted.

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The ministry added that another option for the Pentagon was "to issue new maps with correct Russian airspace borders to all the crews".

Nauert says Russia's military "flagrantly" violated global law and risked a midair collision.

In response to the accusation of unsafe activities, the Russian Defense Ministry has maintained that its fighter jet flew within the stipulated rules.

Another U.S. Navy official statement said that the intercept was unsafe due to the proximity between aircraft.

The Russian Defense Ministry reacted smugly to American complaints of Russian pilot behavior during a recent Russian intercept with an American reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, near the Russian mainland.

"The smallest lapse of focus or error in airmanship by the intercepting aircrew can have disastrous consequences, Ellis said".



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