Russian Fighter Intercepts US Spy Planes Over the Black Sea

US planes were approaching Russian state border

A recurring problem in recent weeks, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported once again on Monday that a Su-27 fighter jet has intercepted a pair of US surveillance planes over the Black Sea, when the planes were caught approaching the Russian border.

Russia has been reporting at least one interception weekly, and often more than one, in this same area. Why so many US planes are active in the Black Sea, where the US has no ports, is not entirely certain, though they are generally Navy-run surveillance planes.

The US has not commented on the interceptions either, though they have occasionally intercepted a Russian plane in the Arctic and never fail to bring those incidents up, with Russian planes approaching US airspace.

Its not unusual for both the US and Russia to test one another’s air defenses with such flights, though it is highly unusual that the US keeps flying in the exact same area, and getting interceptions in the exact same manner.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of