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US Decries 'Unprofessional' Russians After US Spy Plane Is Not Shot Down

Why is the Pentagon crying to FOX about "provocative" Russians two days after it blew up a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace?

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Another day, another "unsafe" Russian interception of a US plane in Russia's back yard:

An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.

The Russian Su-27 jet had air-to-air missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet "rapidly," coming within five feet of the American aircraft, the officials said.

Once alongside, the Russian jet was “provocative” in its flight maneuvers and flying “erratically,” according to another official.

Since June 2nd there have been over 35 interactions in the Baltic Sea region between U.S. and Russian jets and warships, but the incident Monday morning is notable because the U.S. military considered it “unsafe,” according to one official.

This is funny. "Rapid", "provocative", "erratic", "unsafe". The officials speaking to FOX are going out of their way to say this was what the US calls an unprofessional interception.

Coming on the heels of the US Navy shooting down a Syrian Su-22 in Syrian airspace Sunday that's really something.

To keep it US-level professional the Russian Su-27 should have probably fired a few missiles at the RC-135 in "self-defense".



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