The U.S. Pentagon claimed that a Russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet of one of its aircraft.
The American aircraft was performing reconnaissance over the Black Sea at the time of the incident.
“[The conduct of the Russian jet was] dangerous and unprofessional, ” claimed U.S. officials on Wednesday when describing the incident involving the SU-27 jet.
An unnamed U.S. Defence official told the AFP news agency that the Russian aircraft flew within 30 feet of the American vessel before just buzzing by at 10 feet.
According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the U.S. plane violated international law by approaching Russian territory and the Russian jet was totally within international guidelines.
“After the Russian fighters got close to the spy planes for visual confirmation and to determine their wing numbers, the American aircraft changed course sharply and flew away,” read a statement from the Russian Defence Ministry. “The Russia pilots acted in strict accordance with international rules for flights.”
Russia also claimed that the American plane was heading for Russian territory with its transponder signal turned off so that it could not be identified.
According to U.S. Pentagon spokesperson, Captain Jeff Davis, the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft was following routine operations in international airspace when the Russian committed its maneuver.
“These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions, and could result in a miscalculation or accident,” said Captain Davis.
The Russian Defence Ministry also confirmed that Russia is carrying out military exercises in the Black Sea.