Russian fighter Su-27 intercepts US, Swedish jets over Baltic
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"On June 10, Russia airspace control means over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected two air targets approaching Russia's state border," the ministry said in a statement.
A Russian fighter Su-27 aircraft approached the jets "at a safe distance and identified them as a US Air Force RC-135 spy plane and a Swedish Air Force Gulfstream reconnaissance aircraft," the Russian government said in a statement posted on Facebook.
"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."
A US official was cited by CNN as saying that the interception was safe and professional.
"A RC-135 was flying a routine mission in international airspace over the Baltic sea. It was intercepted by a Russian Federation SU-27 aircraft. The intercept was deemed safe," a different U.S. official told CNN.