By Dario Leone
Jun 23 2017
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There have been more than 35 encounters between U.S. and Russian jets and warships in the Baltic Sea, but this one has been classified as “unsafe” by U.S. officials

As we have recently reported on Jun 19, 2017 an armed Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet “buzzed” a U.S. Air Force (USAF) RC-135U Combat Sent reconnaissance aircraft in the skies over the Blatic Sea.

Now the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) has released dramatic photos of the Russian fighter jet coming within a few feet of the USAF reconnaissance jet.

There have been more than 35 encounters between U.S. and Russian jets and warships in the Baltic Sea, but this one has been classified as “unsafe” by U.S. officials.

This episode increased tension between U.S. and Russia after the crisis between the two countries had escalated following the recent facts in Syria.

Acatually on Jun. 8, 2017, a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle shot down a “pro-Syria regime” UAV that was attacking U.S.-backed fighters in southern Syria.

This print is available in multiple sizes from – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. RC-135U Combat Sent, 55th W, 45th RS, 64-847 / 2016

Then on Jun. 18 a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter bomber from VFA-87 Golden Warriors shot down by means of an AIM-120 AMRAAM a Syrian Sukhoi Su-22 near Tabqah, 20 miles west of Raqqa, after that the attack aircraft had dropped bombs near U.S. backed forces, in the form of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Finally on Jun. 20 a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle jet shot down another Iranian-made Syrian drone that was armed and in firing range of American troops in southern Syria.

Photo credit: Photo Credit: Master Sgt Charles Larkin Sr./U.S. European Command via AP

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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