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Russian Su-30 Fighter Escorts US Reconnaissance Aircraft Over Black Sea

© Russian Defence Ministry / Go to the photo bankIn this handout photo released by the Russian Defence Ministry, Su-30SM jet fighters of the 4th Air and Air Defence Forces Army of the Russian Southern Military District fly in formation during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Rostov-on-Don, which marks the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Rostov region, Russia
In this handout photo released by the Russian Defence Ministry, Su-30SM jet fighters of the 4th Air and Air Defence Forces Army of the Russian Southern Military District fly in formation during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Rostov-on-Don, which marks the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Rostov region, Russia - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.07.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Russian Su-30 fighter jet on Tuesday escorted an Aries US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft near Russian airspace over the Black Sea, Russia's National Centre for Defence Management said.
Radars located an air target over the Black Sea approaching Russian airspace, the centre said. The Su-30 jet took off to identify the target and prevent it from entering the country's airspace.
"The crew of the Russian fighter identified the aerial target as a US Air Force EP-3E ARIES electronic warfare aircraft and escorted it. After the foreign military aircraft turned away from the state border, the Russian fighter safely returned to its home airfield", the official statement read.
© Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon ParkerA U.S. Navy Lockheed EP-3E Aries II assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) "World Watchers" in flight over the Mediterranean Sea on 28 February 2019.
A U.S. Navy Lockheed EP-3E Aries II assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) World Watchers in flight over the Mediterranean Sea on 28 February 2019. - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.09.2021
A U.S. Navy Lockheed EP-3E Aries II assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) "World Watchers" in flight over the Mediterranean Sea on 28 February 2019.
Head of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov stressed last year that the activity of alliance vessels in the Black, Baltic, and Barents Seas had reached new heights.
Over the past few years, Moscow has repeatedly pointed out the escalating activity of NATO vessels and aircraft in the region, warning that such behaviour by the bloc near Russian territory might result in border incidents.
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