Russian Fighter Jet Buzzes US Navy Ship in Black Sea
|A Russian Naval Officer Shows his aircraft to an American Naval Officer in happier times 1996. This recent display of a Russian aircraft to U.S. Naval personnel was unwelcome and meant to intimidate. Photo: U.S. Navy|
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"A Russian fighter aircraft made repeated low-altitude, close-range passes near a U.S. ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday, condemning the action at a time of heightened U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine.
"This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with their national protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries," said Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
Warren said a Russian Su-24 aircraft, or Fencer, made 12 passes at low altitude near the USS Donald Cook, a destroyer that has been in the Black Sea since April 10. It appeared to be unarmed, he told reporters."
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