Russian Su-27 fighter jet scrambled to intercept US surveillance plane over Black Sea The Russian military has sent a Sukhoi Su-27 twin-engine fighter aircraft to identify a US Air Force P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol plane as it was approaching the Russian state border from the Black Sea. The Su-27 came within a safe distance from the US spy plane, forcing the Boeing-produced aircraft to “immediately” change course and turn away from the Russian border, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported Friday. The intercept comes amid large-scale Sea Breeze exercises, featuring Ukraine, the US and over a dozen NATO allies, that kicked off on July, 1. About 3,000 troops, over 30 warships and 24 aircraft from 19 countries are taking part in military drills, an exercise that has raised concerns in Russia. https://www.rt.com/newsline/463418-us-plane-intercept-sea/ https://www.navytimes.com/news/your.../your-navy+(Navy+Times+-+Arc+RSS+-+Your+Navy) ----- Nothing too serious, I guess, just a cat and mouse game. But these Sea Breeze exercises are clearly held for the benefit of Ukraine to show the "enemy", Russia, all their friends who would risk their head defending them. Of course, Russia would love to have the Black Sea for themselves.