Pentagon chides Russia over ‘unsafe’ intercept of US spy plane

 A US B-52 Stratofortress (left) is shadowed by a Russian SU-27 during exercises over the Baltic sea, June 9 2017.
A US B-52 Stratofortress (left) is shadowed by a Russian SU-27 during exercises over the Baltic sea, June 9 2017.PHOTO: EPA

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The Pentagon on Tuesday (June 20) accused Russia of carrying out an unsafe intercept of a US RC-135 spy plane in international airspace over the Baltic Sea a day earlier, accusing the Russian pilot of flying too fast and having “poor control” over his SU-27 fighter jet.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the US aircraft “did nothing to provoke this behaviour.”

Russia had earlier on Tuesday blamed the United States for what appeared to be the same incident.

(This story is developing)