Russian fighter jet intercepts US reconnaissance planes over Black Sea: reports

Picture of Russian SU-27 fighter violating Finland's airspace near Porvoo, Finland, early October 7, 2016. Finnish Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

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SULAIMANI — A Russian Su-27 fighter jet was scrambled to chase away two US reconnaissance planes that approached the Russian border over the Black Sea on Wednesday, news agencies cited Russia’s defense ministry as saying.

TASS news agency cited the defense ministry as saying the Su-27 had intercepted the RC-135 and Р-8А Poseidon planes. Interfax news agency said the two planes had subsequently turned away from the border.

Similar incidents have happened over the past weeks.

(NRT Digital Media/ Reuters)