A US patrol plane twice approached a Russian military facility in Syria, prompting an Su-35 fighter to ward off the American aircraft, Russia’s defense ministry says. The US Navy accuses Moscow of an ‘irresponsible’ interception. The Su-35 warplane took off from the Khmeimim base in Syria on Tuesday, as radars spotted an aerial target which was moving towards the Russian naval facility in Tartus, the Russian military said. The fighter jet crew identified the approaching target as a US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The responding Su-35 was maneuvering at a safe distance and returned to the airbase as soon as the American plane changed its direction, according to the statement. The US patrol aircraft, however, returned to the location of the encounter three hours later and was again warded off by the Su-35 fighter.
Source: Moscow: US Navy plane headed towards Russia’s Syrian naval base, no ‘irresponsible’ intercept