Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 8:22 PM EDT
Military officials have released images showing a Russian jet that came within five feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea this week. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin.
The Russian aircraft came within five feet of a wing tip of a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance plane, then flew under the U.S. aircraft and came up near the other wing tip, according to a U.S. official.
Martin reported that the U.S. Air Force considered the incident to be an unsafe intercept.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed Tuesday that the RC-135 plane swerved dangerously near a Russian SU-27 fighter jet, according to the Reuters news agency which cited Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.
U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the American plane “did nothing to provoke this behavior,” Reuters added.
The RC-135 reconnaissance plane compares in size to a commercial aircraft and is used to collect all electronic transmissions from a particular area. The incident is reported to have happened 25 miles northwest of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
Last month, aof an American spy plane over the Black Sea, but the U.S. Navy called it a safe encounter.
The Russian jet intercepted the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft in international airspace as it flew a course toward Russian territory, according to Russia’s military.