Pentagon Claims Russian Su-27 Jets Did Not Chase US Bomber Away Over Baltic Sea

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Pentagon Claims Russian Su-27 Jets Did Not Chase US Bomber Away Over Baltic Sea

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 22nd March, 2019) Pentagon spokesperson Eric Pahon told Sputnik that a US Air Force B-52 was conducting routine operations over the Baltic Sea on Wednesday and Russian fighter jets did not chase the bomber away.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday published a video of Russian Su-27 fighters escorting a US B-52 strategic bomber over the Baltic Sea.

"A US Air Force B-52 was conducting routine operations in international airspace exercising our freedom of navigation and overflight. On March 20th, the B-52 had a routine interaction with a Russian SU-27 while conducting operations over the Baltic Sea," Pahon said on Thursday. "The Russian aircraft did not chase the B-52 away as claimed, and the bomber was able to complete its mission."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that the appearance of US bombers near Russia does not strengthen the security atmosphere in the region but creates additional tension.

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