Foreign media reports of a dangerous close encounter on April 14 between a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft and a United States RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in the sky over the Baltic Sea are untrue, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
"On April 14, the on-duty air defense forces over the waters of the Baltic Sea discovered an unknown aerial target which was heading at a great speed towards the Russian state border. To identify the target, a Su-27 fighter aircraft of the Baltic Sea Fleet's on-duty aviation forces took off. It flew around the object and identified it as an RC-135U of the U.S. Air Force," Konashenkov said on April 17.
After the visual contact with the Russian Su-27 aircraft, the RC-135U changed course in the direction opposite to the Russian border, the spokesman said.
"The entire flight of the Russian aircraft passed strictly in accordance with the international rules for airspace use, there was no incident," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said.
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