January 30, 2018 / 2:02 AM / 2 months ago

U.S. says Russian military jet engaged in 'unsafe interaction' with U.S. Navy aircraft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian military jet engaged in an “unsafe interaction” with a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the Black Sea on Monday, coming within 5 feet (1.5 meters) and crossing directly in front of the American plane, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

“We call on Russia to cease these unsafe actions that increase the risk of miscalculation, danger to aircrew on both sides, and midair collisions,” the statement said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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