The Su-27 fighter of the air defense forces on duty intercepted RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft of the United States over the Baltic. This was reported on Thursday to journalists in the press service of the defense Ministry.
According to the Agency, the means of controlling the airspace of the Russian Federation recorded over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea air target approaching the Russian state border.
“To intercept the target in the air, the Su-27 fighter was raised from the duty air defense forces,” the Department noted. The Russian aerospace forces fighter, the Ministry said, approached the American aircraft at a safe distance and “identified it as the US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.”
After the removal of the US aircraft from the border Su-27 returned to base.
Russian fighters regularly fly over the Baltic Sea to accompany foreign military aircraft trying to approach the border of the Russian Federation.