The US military has accused Russian aircraft of yet another dangerous maneuver over the Baltic Sea, Radio Svoboda reported.
US Navy Captain Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for the US European Command, said that the incident took place on April 14th when a Russian Su-27 fighter jet "performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers" dangerously close to a US RC-135 reconnaissance plane during a routine flight in international airspace.
He added the Russian Su-27 barrel-rolled near the RC-135, coming within an estimated 16 meters of the US plane.
The Russian Defense Ministry denies the allegations that the Su-27 performed dangerous maneuvers.
"The information to foreign media reports on the alleged dangerous approaching April 14 Russian Su-27 to the American reconnaissance plane RC-135 in the skies over the Baltic Sea does not correspond to reality,” Russian Ministry of Defense representative Igor Konashenkov stated, RBC reported.
He noted that the Su-27 approached the RC-135 from a distance, and after making visual contact with the Russian fighter, the US reconnaissance plane changed course.
The incident came several days after Russian Su-24 aircraft buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. The Russian jets made 11 passes over the US naval destroyer, coming within 10 meters.