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US Surveillance Plane Approaches Russian Border for 8th Time in 2 Weeks

Sputnik News

17:49 21.05.2016(updated 21:33 21.05.2016)

An United States Air Force RC-135 surveillance aircraft came perilously close to the Russian border over the Baltic Sea.

The aircraft, with registration number 64-14844 and call sign JAMES12, took off from the Mildenhall airbase in Britain and flew to the southern part of the Baltic Sea. It was expected to stay in the area for two hours, Ruposters reported.

This is the eighth time when a US surveillance aircraft has approached the Russian border near the Kaliningrad Region in the past two weeks. A day earlier, a Royal Air Force RC-135 was detected over the Baltic Sea.

A week ago, another US Air Force RC-135 aircraft approached the Russian border, over the Baltic Sea. According to media reports, a Russian Su-27 jet was scrambled to intercept the plane.

Late last month, Pentagon officials claimed that a Russian fighter jet Su-27 allegedly performed a "barrel roll" within 24 feet of a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane.

On April 28, Russian media reported that a Russian MiG-31 jet intercepted a US Boeing P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft near the city of Petropavlosk-Kamchatsky.

In mid-April, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said all flights by airplanes from Russia's Aerospace Forces were completed in accordance with international norms. His comments came in response to statements that Russia had completed dangerous actions over the Baltic Sea.


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