Russian fighter jet escorts US spy plane away over Black Sea

Russian fighter jet escorts US spy plane away over Black Sea

Russia has scrambled a fighter jet to escort away a US spy aircraft flying over the Black Sea, amid growing concerns over the risk of a major military confrontation with the Western forces near the Russian border.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday that “a Su-30 fighter from the air defense forces of the Southern Military District was scrambled” to identify the air target and prevent it from breaching the country’s border.

“The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air target as a US Navy reconnaissance aircraft P-8A and escorted it over the waters of the Black Sea,” it added.

The Russian jet safely returned to the airfield after turning away from the Russian state border, the ministry said.

NATO has been beefing up its military presence in the Black Sea region amid tensions between the US-led military alliance and Russia over Ukraine.

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