This seems like a flash back to the Cold War that President Reagan won for us. Military units use to push the envelope of behavior, trying to get the other side to flinch. The issue is not for just the safety of the personnel involved. It was always the worry of the nation’s leaders that an incident like this would turn the Cold War into Hot. There is also a “message”being delivered. What is Putin’s message with this?
Pentagon: Russian Fighter Conducted ‘Unsafe’ Intercept of U.S. Recon Plane Over Black Sea
By: Sam LaGrone for USNI:
PENTAGON — A Russian fighter intercepted a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance flight in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner’ in international airspace over the Black Sea, a Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed to USNI News on Thursday.
According to the Pentagon, a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker intercepted a RC-135U Combat Sent “flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea,” read a statement provided to USNI News.
The statement indicated the U.S. is “looking into this particular incident.”