Washington - The Pentagon says a Russian fighter jet intercepted an American reconnaissance plane in international airspace over the Pacific in late April, prompting top officials to communicate their concerns to the Russian military.
A Pentagon spokesperson, Army Colonel Steve Warren, said on Tuesday the Russian Su-27 fighter flew across the nose of the US Air Force RC-135U aircraft, coming within about 30m, while in international airspace over the Sea of Okhotsk.
Warren said the US plane did not take any evasive measures. He said Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both raised the matter with their Russian counterparts.
Warren said he did not know why the Pentagon did not make the incident public earlier.