: RFE/RL: Russia summons U.S. military attache over plane maneuvers

14:41 May. 24, 2016

RFE/RL: Russia summons U.S. military attache over plane maneuvers

An air-to-air front view of an RC-135 Stratolifter aircraft from the 306th Strategic Wing during a refueling mission over the North Sea. (AP photo)

Surveillance aircraft is said to have dangerously neared Russian passenger jets

Russia said it summoned a U.S. defense attache on May 23rd after an American military aircraft flew into civilian airspace during a reconnaissance mission near Russia's Far Eastern border.

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Russia's Defense Ministry said the U.S. Air Force RC-135 surveillance plane risked colliding with passenger planes as it flew over the Sea of Japan on May 22nd with its transponders turned off and thus could not be detected by civilian radar despite flying at an altitude typically used by passenger jets.

The U.S. crew did not inform regional authorities of the plane's route, the ministry said. "The U.S. plane crew's unprofessional actions created the danger of a collision with...civilian airlines," the ministry said, adding that measures must be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

In recent months, Washington has repeatedly accused Russian aircraft of buzzing U.S. warships and aircraft in an "unprofessional" and dangerous manner. Moscow has countered that the U.S. military has no business getting too close to Russia's borders.

Read also Stratfor: Why is Russia harassing U.S. aircraft?

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