Dramatic: Russian fighter jet intercepts U.S. B-52 bomber over Baltics

Russian SU-27 fighter jet ‘identified and escorted’ U.S. B-52 bomber, Sputnik reports

Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday it deployed a Su-27 fighter jet to intercept U.S. B-52 strategic bomber over the Baltic Sea. According to reports, the incident happened over the neutral waters.

The Russian ministry stated that U.S. B-52 bomber was flying along the Russian border.

“The crew of the Russian Su-27, in approaching the aerial object at a safe distance, identified it as a US B-52 strategic bomber and escorted it,” Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The event took place at 07:00 GMT, ministry said.

After the U.S. airplane safely left the airspace near the Russian border, SU-27 returned to its base.

The incident over the Baltics comes at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and NATO, with the latter staging large military training exercise near the Russian border.

NATO has conducted military drills across Eastern Europe, from Romania to Estonia, Additional military hardware has been deployed to Baltic countries, including troops from local countries and U.S. and U.K. among others.

NATO claims that its military build-up in Eastern Europe is a response to ‘threats’ from Russia, after the events in Ukraine and Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Russia, on the other hand, has dismissed the allegations, and said that NATO’s increased military presence in Eastern Europe is a threat to its national security.

Source: Sputnik International