The third incident in the last two months occurred in international space over the Mediterranean Sea.
Representatives of the Sixth Fleet of the US Navy reported the third unsafe interception of an American patrol and reconnaissance aircraft in the past two months, carried out by two Russian planes.
A message from Sixth fleet spokesman Jonathan Nelson said that an American P-8A plane was flying over international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean and was intercepted by two Russian Su-35 aircraft. The unsafe and unprofessional interception, during which the Russians took a position too close to the P-8A at the same time, limiting the ability of the American aircraft to maneuver safely, lasted for 65 minutes.
“The unnecessary actions of the Russian Su-35 pilots did not comply with good flight skills and international flight rules and jeopardized the flight safety of aircraft from both sides,” the Sixth fleet said in a statement.
The behavior of Russian aircraft in international airspace was irresponsible, the report said. The US Navy expects Russian pilots to act “by international standards established for safety and incident prevention, including the 1972 agreement on the prevention of incidents on the high seas and over the high seas (INCASE),” the report said.
In April in the same area, the Russian air force conducted a similar double-unsafe intercept of US aircraft. The US Navy argued that the American pilots had not provoked by their actions, this sort of interception.