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Russia Denies Flight of Jet That Intercepted US Air Force Plane ‘Unsafe’

04/18/2016 8:04 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). Russia’s defence ministry denied Sunday that a Russian jet that intercepted a US Air Force plane earlier this week had acted unsafely, dismissing the Pentagon’s

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First Jewish Ukrainian Prime Minister Connected to His Heritage

04/17/2016 4:55 PM Updated: 1 year ago

On April 14, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appointed 38-year old Volodymyr Groysman as the new Prime Minister of Ukraine. Replacing Arseny Yatsenyuk, Groysman is the youngest

(AFP) - A US Air Force reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 jet in an "unsafe and unprofessional" manner while in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Pentagon said.

"The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and at no time crossed into Russian territory," Laura Seal, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said of Thursday's incident.

It came shortly after Russian aircraft repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook this past week, including an incident Tuesday in which a Russian Su-24 flew 30 feet (nine meters) above the war ship in a "simulated attack profile," according to the US military's European Command.

Russia has denied the actions were reckless or provocative but they have been seen as exacerbating tensions between the rival powers.

"This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved," Seal said of the latest incident in a statement.


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The Pentagon said the Russian interception of an RC-135 surveillance aircraft took place in international airspace over the Baltic Sea

"More importantly, the unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries."

The US aircraft in question was an RC-135 and the Pentagon said it had been flying a routine route.

"There have been repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns, and we are very concerned with any such behavior," the Pentagon said.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry had strong words about the recent warship flyby.

"We condemn this kind of behavior. It is reckless. It is provocative. It is dangerous. And under the rules of engagement that could have been a shoot-down," Kerry told CNN Espanol in Miami.


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Two Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft fly over the USS Donald Cook operating in the Baltic Sea

Kerry added: "People need to understand that this is serious business and the United States is not going to be intimidated on the high seas."

"We are communicating to the Russians how dangerous this is and our hope is that this will never be repeated," he said.

The Russian maneuvers began Monday while the destroyer was located about 70 nautical miles from the Russian base in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea.

One US defense official called the actions of the Russian planes "more aggressive than anything we've seen in some time."

The destroyer's commanding officer Charles Hampton told journalists in Lithuania that "very low, very fast" flybys were "inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries in international waters or international airspace."

But Russia countered the criticism, insisting it had observed all safety regulations.

The US military's European Command (EUCOM) released video showing warplanes zooming so close past the Cook that one sailor can be heard saying: "He is below the bridge wing," meaning the plane was flying lower than the highest point of the ship.

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US Air Force Plane Intercepted by Russian Jet in ‘Unsafe’ Mmanner

04/17/2016 9:05 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP) .  A US Air Force reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 jet in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner while in international airspace over the

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Israel’s Netanyahu to Meet with Russia’s Putin in Moscow

04/17/2016 8:39 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(JNS). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Moscow next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, just a month after a similar visit

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04/17/2016 8:17 AM Updated: 1 year ago

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US Could Have Shot Down Russian Jet that Buzzed Destroyer: Kerry

04/15/2016 8:20 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). A Russian military jet that flew just feet from a US destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea could have been shot down under

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Ukraine Parliament Appoints Pro-EU Groysman as PM

04/14/2016 7:19 AM

(AFP). Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday appointed pro-Western speaker Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister in a bid to end months of political gridlock and unlock vital aid

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Two Russian Military Pilots Killed in Syria Helicopter Crash

04/12/2016 9:57 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP).Two Russian military pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed near the central Syrian city of Homs, the defence ministry said on Tuesday, adding that the

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Israeli, Egyptian Ministers Meet at Washington Nuclear Summit

04/01/2016 10:46 AM

A historic milestone took place on Thursday, when Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water, met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in

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Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Criticizes Christian Group Pressuring Jews to Leave for Israel

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In an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw this week, Ukrainian Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich said that a Dutch Christian group should stop pressuring Ukrainian Jews

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Putin Holds Meeting on Planned Bridge From Kerch Strait to Crimea

03/22/2016 2:51 PM

Russia is currently constructing a bridge from the Kerch Strait to Crimea, further solidifying Russia’s grasp on the annexed state. On March 8, 2014, Russia annexed

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German Court Suspends Trial of ill ex-Auschwitz Medic

02/29/2016 7:20 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). A German court Monday suspended the trial of former SS medic Hubert Zafke for aiding in 3,681 murders in Auschwitz after the 95-year-old failed to

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Allies Seek Murder Masterminds a Year After Shooting Russian Jewish Leader

02/25/2016 8:22 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP).  A small group of volunteers arranges flowers at the makeshift shrine on a bridge just metres from the Kremlin where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

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Putin is ‘Picture of Corruption’: US Treasury Official

01/26/2016 9:07 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). A senior US Treasury official has directly accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption, in a BBC programme. The US government imposed sanctions against a

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01/06/2016 5:41 PM Updated: 1 year ago

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PM Netanyahu Meets with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

12/23/2015 5:58 PM Updated: 1 year ago

Today, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Jerusalem. The meeting was more than just a formality, however, as several important bilateral

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Biden Visits War-Scarred Ukraine to Reaffirm US Support

12/06/2015 5:02 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). US Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Kiev late Sunday to reassure its pro-Western leaders that Washington remains committed to Ukraine despite stepped-up efforts to

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Turkey to Hand Over Body of Dead Russian Pilot to Moscow

11/29/2015 9:24 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). The body of a Russian pilot killed when his plane was shot down by Turkey last week will be handed over to a Russian representative

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Iran to Receive Russian Missiles Soon

11/11/2015 7:01 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). Iran will receive the bulk of the S-300 air defence missile systems it ordered from Russia by the end of the year, Tehran’s defence minister