The Russian government statement said one of its Su-27 fighters approached the jets “at a safe distance and identified them as a US Air Force RC-135 and a Swedish Air Force Gulfstream reconnaissance aircraft.”
“The Su-27 pilot reported on the identification of foreign reconnaissance aircraft and accompanied them, preventing violations of the Russian airspace borders in compliance with all necessary security measures,” the Russian statement said. The Russians also released what they said was a video of the interception.
A US military official confirmed the encounter, but said it was safe and professional, declining to provide additional details.
The chargé d’affaires in the US embassy in Moscow delivered the protest to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monday morning, and the US defense attaché in Moscow delivered a similar message to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the official said.
CNN has reached out to the US Department of Defense for comment.
Word of the interception of the US and Swedish jets followed several similar recent incidents between the US and Russian air forces.
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