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Russia Update: June 12, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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A Russian military pilot has carried out an incredibly risky maneuver, flying within ten feet of a large US reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace. ABC reports:

On May 30, a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet came very close to a large U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, officials said. It was unclear whether the U.S has filed any formal, diplomatic complaint with the Russians.

CNN adds:

The Russian jet flew alongside the U.S. plane at the same altitude, broke off, and then shadowed the plane before leaving the area in the May 30 incident, the officials said. The U.S. aircraft took no evasive measures, and no other details were immediately available. Military officials could not say whether a diplomatic protest had been filed.

IBN also mentions that this is not the only incident like this in the last several months:

A similar incident took place in April when a U.S. RC-135U aircraft flying a routine flight over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker. The incident, which occurred in international airspace north of Poland, was reportedly described by Pentagon officials as “unsafe and unprofessional” because of the “aggressive maneuvers” performed by the Russian pilot “in close proximity to their aircraft and its high rate of speed.”

It's also worth noting that on the same day as this latest incident, May 30, a Russian fighter jet buzzed a US naval ship, prompting the crew to film the incident and release the video:

These aggressive actions are likely a show of force, but they are also likely designed to probe NATO's response to incidents such as these.

-- James Miller