Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Russia, US fighter jets in face-off

By News Express on 30/04/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,066


Military encounters between Russia and the US and its allies have escalated significantly over the past two years

Russia says it was right to confront a US Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea on Friday.

The Pentagon said a Russian jet fighter acted in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner”, and performed a barrel roll over its plane.

Russia said that the American jet had turned off its transponder signal, which helps others identify it.

It is the second incident in the Baltic this month in which the US has accused Russian planes of flying aggressively.

“All flights of Russian planes are conducted in accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace,” a statement by the Russian defence ministry said. “The US Air Force has two solutions: either not to fly near our borders or to turn the transponder on for identification.”

US jets “regularly” try to approach Russia’s borders with transponders switched off, the statement said. Over the past 18 months, Russia has been repeatedly accused of the same practice over the Baltic and near UK waters.

It is not clear how close to Russia’s waters Friday’s incident occurred.

On Friday, Pentagon spokesman Daniel Hernandez said there had been “repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns.”

“The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and at no time crossed into Russian territory,” he said.

“This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all air crews involved.”

Such actions could “unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries,” he said.

Mr Hernandez said the Su-27’s “erratic and aggressive manoeuvres” also threatened the safety of the US aircrew, coming within 7.6m (25ft) of the fuselage of the American plane before conducting its barrel roll.

Military encounters between Russia and the US and its allies have escalated significantly over the past two years, ever since Russia's annexation of Crimea and the breakdown of relations between East and West.

Two Russian planes flew close to a US guided missile destroyer almost a dozen times in the Baltic on 13 April.

The BBC’s Gary O’Donoghue in Washington reported after the destroyer incident that Russia’s actions were regarded by defence analysts as a flexing of muscle, a reminder that Russia has military might and cannot be pushed around.

•Text courtesy of BBC. Photo courtesy of Reuters shows US and Russian jets in a game of wits.

Source News Express

Posted 30/04/2016 2:20:30 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
BREAKING: Manchester United sack David Moyes after just...

Malabu Oil Deal Case: Court grants HEDA judicial...

6 disruptive influences of artificial intelligence

Akpabio takes deaf and dumb to India for...

World Economic Forum raises $68bn for investment in...

Fuel Scarcity: Senate C’ttee wants seamless forex transaction...

2019: PDP Youth Vanguard backs Modu Sheriff, says...

FG inaugurates Alex Ekwueme burial committee

Edo Police Command busts kidnap gang

Nwoko: A Patriot’s role towards Paris Club refund...

Flood displaces 3,200 people in Imo, submerges 450...

GOC charges troops on neutrality

 

Latest News Buhari’s biggest hurdles ahead 2019 polls PDP shops for consensus presidential candidate Battle for Saraki’s seat hots up Ohanaeze warns IPOB, urges Ndigbo to intervene Oyo 2019: Political heavyweights regroup under Obasanjo’s ADC to unseat APC Investors lament woes in Lagos Free Zone Uproar as Satan worshippers unveil statue in America Baby with brain tumor recovers miraculously after kiss from Pope Francis Love struck 98-year-old man walks 6 miles each way daily to visit paralysed wife in the hospital Okowa calls for collective efforts to check irregular migration Kofi Annan’s death a loss to Africa and the entire world, says Bola Tinubu Magu’s Chief of Staff not under investigation — EFCC

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (378,718 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (367,225 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (296,979 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (242,348 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (223,281 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (217,455 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (193,004 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (175,207 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (159,905 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (158,736 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (153,030 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (143,316 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (56) Business & Economy (3,462) Business Verdict (48) Columnists (912) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (528) Features (640) Global Business Monitor (295) International (2,278) Interview (162) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (135) News (38,135) Opinion (1,061) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,096) Religion (826) Sports (1,650) Stock Watch (33) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid 2-4 Highlights and Goals

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement