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Russian jets make ‘simulated attack’ near US ship

Russian military aircraft have conducted a series of “aggressive” overflights of a US destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea, a US defence official said Wednesday.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2016 20:34 IST
File photo of Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets returning from Syria.
File photo of Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets returning from Syria.(Reuters)

Russian military aircraft have conducted a series of “aggressive” overflights of a US destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea, a US defence official said Wednesday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official described several incidents on Monday and Tuesday, including one in which a Russian Su-24 jet flew just 30 feet (nine meters) above the USS Donald Cook in a “simulated attack profile.”

“This is more aggressive than anything we’ve seen in some time,” the official said. The destroyer was in the Baltic Sea in international waters, about 70 nautical miles from Kaliningrad.