The Russian fighter climbed to “intercept” reconnaissance aircraft from the United States and France. This was announced on Monday, December 7, by the National Defense Control Center of Russia.
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“The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air targets as the strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135, the US Air Force KS-135 refueling aircraft, the French Air Force C. 160G reconnaissance aircraft and escorted them over the Black Sea,” the statement said.
According to the center, on December 7, Russian airspace control over the neutral waters of the Black Sea reported the detection of air targets approaching the Russian border.
To identify it and prevent violation of the state border, a Su-30 fighter was raised from the air defense duty of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces of the Southern Military District. After the foreign aircraft turned away from the state border of the Russian Federation, the fighter returned safely to the base.
The center stressed that no violation of the state border of the Russian Federation was allowed.
It is noted that the flight of the Russian fighter was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
In late November, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet climbed to intercept a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea. When the foreign warplanes turned away from the Russian state border, the fighter returned safely to the home base.