A US patrol plane twice approached a Russian military facility in Syria, prompting an Su-35 fighter to ward off the American aircraft, Russia’s defense ministry says. The US Navy accuses Moscow of an ‘irresponsible’ interception.

The Su-35 warplane took off from the Khmeimim base in Syria on Tuesday, as radars spotted an aerial target which was moving towards the Russian naval facility in Tartus, the Russian military said.

The fighter jet crew identified the approaching target as a US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The responding Su-35 was maneuvering at a safe distance and returned to the airbase as soon as the American plane changed its direction, according to the statement. The US patrol aircraft, however, returned to the location of the encounter three hours later and was again warded off by the Su-35 fighter.

In the meantime, the Russian army maintains that its actions complied with international regulations.

There has been a surge in encounters between Russian and NATO planes in close proximity to Russian borders. The Russian Air Force reacted to such incidents by sending its jets to intercept and escort the rival planes to safer skies, drawing criticism from the US and its allies.

The most recent event occurred in March, when an Su-27 fighter intercepted –and escorted away– another American aircraft.

 

Source: Rt

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My support is with the Russians. They have been invited into Syria by the legitimate Syrian Government in the fight against multiple jihadis and other foreign supported groups. The Americans have not being invited in by the Syrian Government nor have they a UN mandate to invade Syria, partition the country all the while supporting rebels and foreign jihadis

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I don’t really get what the support to Russia has to do with it : this P-8 is just doing its routine maritime patrol in east Mediterranean area and over international waters, as it’s the normal procedure to escort military planes coming close to territorial waters, everybody does it. US have cut support to rebel groups except the few left in al-Tanf for a while and these didn’t fought Syrian govt : these were hired to eliminate Daesh from the area, and there’s still likely roaches wandering around since the al-Tanf zone is filled with numerous caves. At the moment… Read more »

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Read the article. The US spy plane was approaching a Syrian approved Russian air base inland. That is not international waters.

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” US have cut support to rebel groups except the few left in al-Tanf for a while and these didn’t fought Syrian govt “– you have a got sense for a jokes.

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Down with zionists!

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THE US HAS NO ROOM TO CALL ANYBODY IRRESPONSIBLE.

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