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Posted: 6/20/2017 9:00:02 AM EDT
An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.
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A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet performs during an aviation show outside Moscow.  (Reuters)

The Russian Su-27 jet had missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet "rapidly," coming within five feet of the American aircraft, the officials said.

Once alongside, the Russian jet was “provocative” in its flight maneuvers and flying “erratically,” according to another official.

Since June 2nd there have been over 35 interactions in the Baltic Sea region between U.S. and Russian jets and warships, but the incident Monday morning is notable because the U.S. military considered it “unsafe,” according to one official.

The incident comes one day after the Russian Defense Ministry said it would treat any U.S. jet flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as a potential target, following a U.S. Navy jet's shoot-down of a Syrian jet that was targeting U.S.-aligned fighters.

The Russian military has supported Syrian President Bashar Assad for decades and deployed dozens of fighter jets and helicopter gunships to shore up the Syrian regime in September 2015.

For the past few weeks, the US military has participated in a large military training exercise in the Baltic region, including the use of B-52 nuclear-capable bombers and the long-range B-1 bomber.

Dozens of U.S. and allied warships also participated in the Baltic Sea exercise amid heightened tensions with Russia. The “Baltops” exercise concluded over the weekend.

It was not immediately clear how close the US military recon jet was flying near Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave between NATO allies Poland and Lithuania. This fall, Russian moved nuclear-capable ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, putting some European capitals in strike range.

The U.S. Air Force did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

Link Posted: 6/20/2017 9:00:58 AM EDT
Thanks 0 for reigniting the Cold War.
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 9:01:09 AM EDT
No polaroid
No one was inverted
No bird
No care
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 9:02:45 AM EDT
Watch the birdie!!
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 9:02:57 AM EDT
SU-27 is a cool and neat looking plane. I'd love to see one that close.
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 9:05:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 9:14:27 AM EDT
Do we send fighters to intercept aggressors when they start messing with our unarmed aircraft?
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 9:27:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/20/2017 9:27:33 AM EDT by Engineer5]
This type of stuff has been going on since the Cold War.  Nothing new.
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 9:30:13 AM EDT
All a. Big marketing campaign for Top Gun Two
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 7:35:43 PM EDT
35 such incidents since June 2.

Sorry, it's not FO time
Link Posted: 6/20/2017 10:23:35 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Click2Boom:
35 such incidents since June 2.

Sorry, it's not FO time
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Is 35 high or low?
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