Russian fighter jet ‘dangerously buzzes’ a US Navy surveillance aircraft THREE times

A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US aircraft three times in less than three hours flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday – a stunt that military officials are calling ‘irresponsible’.

A US P-8A Poseidon aircraft was ‘dangerously buzzed’ by a Russian SU-35, which appeared to be conducting ‘a high speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft,’ the US 6th Fleet revealed in a statement.

According to officials, the second pass-over caused turbulence aboard the P-8A, putting the pilots and crew of the surveillance craft at risk of serious harm.

Lasting for roughly 28 minutes, the second encounter was branded the most dangerous of the three by the Navy.

A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US aircraft three times in less than three hours flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday (pictured: Russian SU-35)

A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US aircraft three times in less than three hours flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday (pictured: Russian SU-35)

A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US aircraft three times in less than three hours flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday (pictured: Russian SU-35)

A US P-8A Poseidon aircraft (above) was ¿dangerously buzzed¿ by a Russian SU-35, which appeared to be conducting ¿a high speed pass directly in front' of the US plane

A US P-8A Poseidon aircraft (above) was ¿dangerously buzzed¿ by a Russian SU-35, which appeared to be conducting ¿a high speed pass directly in front' of the US plane

A US P-8A Poseidon aircraft (above) was ‘dangerously buzzed’ by a Russian SU-35, which appeared to be conducting ‘a high speed pass directly in front’ of the US plane

Officials from the 6th Fleet added the US plane was not trying to bait or ‘provoke this Russian activity’.

‘We expect them to behave within international standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA),’ the Navy said. ‘Unsafe actions‎ increase the risk of miscalculation and potential for mid-air collisions.’

The dangerous encounter comes just weeks after a US F-22 stealth jet encountered four Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Russian SU-35’s flying off the coast of Alaska.

The nuclear-capable long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone on May 20, which stretches around 200 miles of the west coast of Alaska.

Such displays are viewed by US Military officials as part of Moscow’s efforts to train The Russian Airforce in case of a crisis, while at the same time sending an aggressive message of strength to its potential foes.

The encounter comes just weeks after a US F-22 stealth jet encountered four Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers (one shown above) and two Russian SU-35¿s flying near Alaska

The encounter comes just weeks after a US F-22 stealth jet encountered four Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers (one shown above) and two Russian SU-35¿s flying near Alaska

The encounter comes just weeks after a US F-22 stealth jet encountered four Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers (one shown above) and two Russian SU-35’s flying near Alaska

The nuclear-capable long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone on May 20, which stretches around 200 miles of the west coast of Alaska. The were escorted dor the duration of their journey by US F-22 stealth jets (pictured bottom)

The nuclear-capable long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone on May 20, which stretches around 200 miles of the west coast of Alaska. The were escorted dor the duration of their journey by US F-22 stealth jets (pictured bottom)

The nuclear-capable long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone on May 20, which stretches around 200 miles of the west coast of Alaska. The were escorted dor the duration of their journey by US F-22 stealth jets (pictured bottom)

Last month’s encounter came at a time of a tense stand-off between the US and Russia on a number of geopolitical issues. It also followed a heated meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vladimir Putin in Sochi, where the Russian leader was warned about interfering in the US elections.

‘Two of the Russian bombers were intercepted by two F-22s, and a second group of bombers with Su-35 fighters was intercepted later by two additional F-22s, while the E-3 provided overall surveillance,’ NORAD said in a statement.

‘The Russian bombers and fighters remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.

NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. Our ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace.’

Last month¿s encounter came at a time of a tense stand-off between the US and Russia on a number of geopolitical issues. It also followed a heated meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vladimir Putin in Sochi, where the Russian leader was warned about interfering in the US elections

Last month¿s encounter came at a time of a tense stand-off between the US and Russia on a number of geopolitical issues. It also followed a heated meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vladimir Putin in Sochi, where the Russian leader was warned about interfering in the US elections

Last month’s encounter came at a time of a tense stand-off between the US and Russia on a number of geopolitical issues. It also followed a heated meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vladimir Putin in Sochi, where the Russian leader was warned about interfering in the US elections

Russia’s Ministry of Defense acknowledged the incident on Twitter, adding that the TU-95 bombers ‘made scheduled sorties over the neutral waters of the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands.’

‘At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by #F22 fighter jets of the #USAF. The total flight time exceeded 12 hours.’

This week, the US Navy is set of commence its annual large multinational war games called Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) – a ceremony often used by the US to send its own message to Russia.

The timing and nature of Tuesday’s encounter suggests Russian forces wanted to preemptively send US forces a message of their own.

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