Russia denies flight of jet that intercepted US Air Force plane 'unsafe'

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very-low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook operating in the Baltic SeaRussia’s defence ministry denied Sunday that a Russian jet that intercepted a US Air Force plane earlier this week had acted unsafely, dismissing the Pentagon’s criticism. The Pentagon said Saturday that a Russian SU-27 had flown in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner while intercepting a US Air Force reconnaissance plane above the Baltic Sea on April 14. “The entire flight of the Russian plane was conducted in strict compliance with international rules on the use of air space,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

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