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Su-27 Fighter Jet Scrambled to Intercept US Spy Plane Near Russian Airspace

MOSCOW - A Russian Su-27 fighter jet was scrambled to identify and intercept an air target approaching the Russian airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

“A Su-27 fighter on air defence duty was scrambled to establish the origin of the target and intercept it,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, the Russian fighter jet approached the target at a safe distance identified it as an RC-135 reconnaissance plane of the US Air Force.