Russia has intercepted American and Swedish jets over the Baltic, the country’s defense ministry says.
"On June 10, Russia airspace control means over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected two air targets approaching Russia's state border," the ministry said in a statement.
A Russian fighter Su-27 aircraft approached the jets "at a safe distance and identified them as a US Air Force RC-135 spy plane and a Swedish Air Force Gulfstream reconnaissance aircraft," the Russian government said in a statement posted on Facebook.
#Видео 10 июня истребитель #Су27 из состава дежурных сил #ПВО Балтийского флота поднимался для сопровождения самолетов-разведчиков #ВВССША #RC135 и #ВВСШвеции #Gulfstream, приблизившихся к государственной границе РФ https://t.co/qt3rALZJ7i #БалтийскоеМоре #ОхранаГраницы @MID_RF pic.twitter.com/vue5UZhnQp— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) June 11, 2019
"The Su-27 pilot reported on the identification of foreign reconnaissance aircraft and accompanied them, preventing violations of the Russian airspace borders in compliance with all necessary security measures."
A US official was cited by CNN as saying that the interception was safe and professional.
"A RC-135 was flying a routine mission in international airspace over the Baltic sea. It was intercepted by a Russian Federation SU-27 aircraft. The intercept was deemed safe," a different U.S. official told CNN.