THE dangerous moment a Russian warplane pushes a US F-15 out of its flight path has been captured from a nearby aircraft – as the jets almost collide.
THE dangerous moment a Russian warplane pushes a US F-15 out of its flight path has been captured from a nearby aircraft – as the jets almost collide.The Russian fighter aggressively banked towards the US plane and forced it to change direction with only five feet separating the two aircraft. The Pentagon said that a Russian jet came dangerously close to one of its fighters over the Black Sea on Monday. It said the Russian aircraft intercepted a US Navy patrol plane in international airspace, coming within five feet of the American plane, according to CBS.
Pentagon spokeswoman Captain Pamela Kunze said the Russian plane flew close to the plane for two hours and 40 minutes before crossing directly into its flight path.
It is not yet known if that is the same incident as the one depicted in the video, or another one of the numerous clashes that have taken place over the Black sea in recent months.
The 40-second clip was uploaded to Twitter on Thursday but it’s not known where the altercation took place.
Commenters on social media claimed the
The move comes as tensions between Russia and the US continue to rise.
The most recent escalation has involved the two nations backing opposing presidents in the Venezuelan crisis.
Russia and China have lent support to incumbent president Maduro but many western nations, including the US, have publicly supported his rival Juan Guaido.
The exchange has been labelled akin to those that took place in the Cold War.
There are widespread fears that Venezuela could constitute the first ‘proxy’ conflict of a second Cold War between Russia the US and China.
The European Parliament recognised ‘s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido as de facto head of state on Thursday, heightening international pressure on the OPEC member’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
EU governments, divided over whether to recognise Guaido, also agreed to lead an international crisis group with South American nations to seek new elections, setting a 90-day time limit, and threatening further economic sanctions.