A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter on July 3 intercepted a Boeing P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft of the United States of America over the Crimea peninsula airspace.
According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the Su-27 twin-engine supersonic fighter got airborne in the Southern Military District after the US Boeing P-8 Poseidon spy plane was tracked approaching towards Crimea peninsula from the Black Sea.
The US Boeing P-8A Poseidon was flying almost 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Crimea peninsula's Black Sea coast when the Su-27 intercepted the aircraft. Russia had annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014.
"A Su-27 fighter jet of the Air Force on duty in the Southern Military District was scrambled to intercept a target. The Russian fighter jet’s crew approached an aerial target at a safe distance, identifying it as a US reconnaissance plane P-8A Poseidon, which immediately changed the flight direction away from Russia’s state border," the Russian Defence Ministry was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.