Russia ‘intercepts US spy plane’ near Baltic Sea border

Russia has intercepted a US military surveillance plane near the Baltic Sea border, it has been claimed.

The radars picked up the approaching target over neutral waters, reports RT .

The Russian Su-27 fighter then attempted to warn off the American reconnaissance aircraft P-8A Poseidon, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The American aircraft subsequently pulled away, while the Russian jet safely returned to base.

Interfax reports that the Defence Ministry said: “Russian means of controlling the airspace over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea have detected an air target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation.

“To intercept the target, the Su-27 fighter from the duty force on air defense was raised into the air.

"The crew of the Russian fighter approached a safe distance from the air object, identified it as a P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force."

After the removal of a foreign aircraft from the state border of the Russian Federation, the Russian fighter returned safely to the home airfield, the ministry added.

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