Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Russian Military Intercepts U.S. Spy Plane Over Baltic Waters

Wikicommons

Russia’s Defense Ministry released footage Thursday of its fighter jet intercepting a U.S. reconnaissance plane over neutral waters near its western border.

The video shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker approaching and shadowing a U.S. Air Force RC-135 plane over the Baltic Sea.

With tensions on the rise, Russia and NATO countries have increasingly scrambled their jets to intercept each other’s aircraft in recent years.

Plane spotters tracked the RC-135 as it lifted off from Britain to conduct a reconnaissance flight along the border of Russia’s Leningrad region on Tuesday.

“After the withdrawal of the foreign aircraft from the Russian state border, the Russian fighter safely returned to the airfield,” the Defense Ministry wrote early on Thursday.

Read more

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.