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    An undated US Navy picture shows what appears to be a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft making a very low pass close to the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea.

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    The Russian Defense Ministry stated that all Russian flights were completed in accordance with international standards.

    “All flights by planes from Russia’s Aerospace Forces are completed in strict compliance with international laws on airspace over neutral waters,” Konashenkov said in response to statements that Russia completed dangerous actions over the Baltic Sea. 

    While sailing through the Baltic on Tuesday, the USS Donald Cook reported that Russian aircraft performed repeated flybys within 30 feet of the destroyer. Several of these passes were low enough to "create a wake in the sea waters surrounding the ship," stated officials, also describing the maneuvers as "unsafe and unprofessional," according to Defense News.

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