The is the moment Moscow claims two Su-27s fighter jets intercepted a US B-52 bomber as it flew towards Crimea.
Russia released footage of its warplanes allegedly heading off the USAF jet, claiming there were two incidents on Monday over the Black and Baltic Seas.
Non-Russian accounts said that one of the B-52s subsequently made an emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall in Britain following an unrelated in-flight emergency.
One of the US strategic bombers was reportedly flying direct for the Crimean peninsula over the Black Sea.
RAF Typhoons were scrambled last Friday and again the following day as they intercepted Russian aircraft as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. The British have intercepted the Russians on eight occasions since May.
The Kremlin claims their footage shows an American B-52 Stratofortress being intercepted as it approached the Russian border over the Black Sea on Monday
A spokesman for the Russian MOD said the interception had been carried out in strict compliance with international law
Footage from the cockpit of a Russian fighter allegedly showing it tailing a USAF bomber
The Su-27 is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter first introduced in the mid-1980s and designed to compete with the American F-15 Eagle (stock image)
Russia caused Western outcry by annexing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
The B-52s are believed to have flown to Russia’s borders direct from 5th Bomber Wing at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
How the US and Russian aircraft measure up
Russian Sukhoi Su-27
Role: Fighter jet
Top speed: 1,550 mph
First flight: 1977
Weaponry: Gryazev-Shipunov autocannon and capable of carrying bombers and missiles
US B-52 Stratofortress
Role: Strategic bomber
Top speed: 650mph
First flight: 1952
Weaponry: Capable of carrying about 70,000 lb of mixed ordnance, including bombs and missiles
The former head of the Russian Black Sea fleet Vladimir Komoyedov claimed the US flight route had provoked Moscow into ‘counter actions.’
‘Crews of Russian Su-27 fighter jets that were on combat duty intercepted US B-52H bombers that were approaching Russia’s state border from the Black and Baltic Seas,’ a spokesman for the Russian MOD told TASS news agency.
They added that the interception was carried out in strict compliance with international law.
NATO carries out its Baltic Air Policing mission close to the Russian border, while the US and Romanian forces are currently involved in exercises in the Black Sea region.
Reports say three B-52s crossed the Atlantic and that two returned after their mission.
The third landed at RAF Mildenhall.
In recent days Russian and NATO jets have come into contact over both the Baltic and the Black Sea.
The British Ministry of Defence said RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled last Friday to intercept a Russian SU-30 Flanker fighter jet which was heading north of Estonia.
Last Friday, RAF Typhoon (pictured foreground) crews in Estonia received a Quick Reaction Alert to intercept a SU-30 Flanker fighter aircraft (background) that had been flying to the north of Estonia
The following day RAF crews intercepted a Russian SU-30 Flanker fighter (foreground) and an Ilyushin IL-76 Candid transport aircraft (background) flying north from the Russian province of Kaliningrad towards Estonian and Finnish airspace
Russian flying into the Baltic Sea area from St Petersburg are provided a legal corridor in which to fly outside of Finnish or Estonian airspace. A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed the Russian aircraft did not actually enter NATO airspace but were called out to shadow the planes past Estonia
The next day the RAF stopped another Russian SU-30 and an Ilyushin IL-76 Candid transport aircraft heading towards Estonian and Finnish airspace from Kaliningrad.
The RAF said the incidents brought the number of intercepts of Russian planes to eight since taking over the Baltic Air Policing mission in May.
Last Tuesday, the Kremlin claimed it had intercepted an American and Swedish spyplanes travelling over the Baltic Sea.
TASS news agency reported a Russian fighter escorted the American RC-135 and a Swedish Gulfstream reconnaissance aircraft safely away from the borders of its airspace.
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