e tense Black Sea confrontation occurred when the Russian Su-30 flew in front of the US plane from left to right, causing it to enter its jet wash and roll 15 degrees.
The Pentagon confirmed the incident to CNN, which reported the jet came as close as 50ft to the US P-8A Poseidon recon aircraft.
Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza told: “The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behaviour.” She later told : “Unsafe actions have the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all air crews involved
.” The incident is the latest in a string of tense clashes as NATO, the EU and the US attempt to curb expansionist Russia. The Black Sea is also a notable location given Vladimir Putin considers it an area of vital strategic importance. I
n June, the pilot of a US bomber filmed the nail-biting moment a Russian fighter jet swooped alongside him over the Baltic Sea. Dramatic footage reminiscent of Top Gun showed the pilot flying just 100ft from the tip of the US Air Force B-1B. Russia has also vowed to shoot down ALL flying objects –
including Western warplanes – flying over Syria. US and Russian aircraft are both flying sorties in the Middle East as the two countries work to crush ISIS.