The Ministry of defence issued a press release which commented on the publication of the U.S. Navy for more movies, which show how Russian su-27 fighter intercepted an American spy plane EP-3 over the Black sea on January 29. In the United States maneuvers around the Russian fighter reconnaissance aircraft considered dangerous.
“I would like to remind the commander of the 67th tactical air group of the 6th fleet bill Ellis that Crimea is an integral part of the Russian Federation. Sending their pilots for reconnaissance in the area of the Black sea, it is necessary to consider that they are there to meet the Russian fighters, and not the Ukrainian partners”, – stated in the document of the Ministry of defense of Russia.
In addition, the defense Ministry said that the su-27 has thwarted the attempts of an American plane to come closer to the Russian border for two hours and it is not called the intercept, which lasts a few minutes, and “maintenance”.
“The maneuvers of the Russian fighter on January 29 was the standard, completely legal and absolutely safe for an American spy plane EP-3E,” the defense Ministry noted, adding that NATO fighters are making the same maneuvers against Russian aircraft.