Russian Defense Ministry called the approach of its jet with American reconnaissance aircraft over Black Sea a "welcoming maneuver". Thus, Russia commented on the messages of American side about the interception of their surveillance plane by Russian Federation, Interfax reports.
According to the Russian authority, incident took place on May 9 about 12 noon Moscow time: Russia detected an "aerial target" over the neutral waters of the Black Sea approaching the border.
Su-30 fighter aircraft took off for interception, the pilot later informed that the unknown object was American reconnaissance aircraft P-8A "Poseidon".
"Russian jet performed a "welcoming maneuver" for American pilots, then the reconnaissance aircraft changed its flight route farther away from the Russian border," Defense Ministry noted.
The Ministry added that Russian fighter Su-30, which was sent in the air to accompany American reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, approached it strictly to a safe distance.
At the same time, the department did not specify what was the essence of the mentioned "salutation".
As it was reported earlier, Russian SU-27 came within approximately 20 feet of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon.