By Lucas Tomlinson
The day before Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Washington, a Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a US Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in the Black Sea on Tuesday.
The Russian jet came as close as 20 feet to its American plane and remained that close for five minutes, according to a US defense official to Fox News.
“While this one was considered by the flight crew to be safe and professional, this sort of close encounter certainly has the possibility to become dangerous in a hurry,” added the US defense official.
The Russian jet was armed with six air-to-air missiles under its wings.
Unlike Russian intercepts in the past, this Russian jet approached the US Navy recon plan “slowly,” according to the official. The entire encounter lasted about an hour.
“It goes on almost every day of the week,” said the official.