Russian jet intercepts U.S. Navy plane

MSN | 5/1/2018 | By Ryan Browne, CNN
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US: Russian jet intercept 'unprofessional'

Washington — A Russian Su-27 fighter jet performed an "unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane while it was flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea Tuesday, two defense officials told CNN.

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The Russian jet came within about 20 feet of the U.S. aircraft, one official said, adding that the encounter lasted about nine minutes.

The intercept was described by officials as safe but unprofessional, though a U.S. Navy official told CNN that the Navy does not officially classify aerial encounters that way. The Navy classifies aviation intercepts simply as either safe or unsafe.

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Lt. Cdr. Zach Harrell, a spokesman...
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