Tension between US and Russia in the Baltic Sea. The Pentagon reported several “aggressive” overflights conducted by Russian military aircrafts over an US Navy Vessel in the international waters of the Baltic Sea last Monday and Tuesday. Two Su-24, according to the American version, flew at a height of 30 meters within less than 900m of the destroyer Donald Cook.
According to the declaration of the US forces command in Europe, one of Moscow’s two fighters came as close as 9m from the US vessel during a maneuver that looked like a “simulated attack”, causing “water spouts”. Besides, a little earlier, a Russian anti-submarine helicopter Ka-27 had flown seven times close to the ship, taking pictures of it.
“This incident contradicts the professional standards that apply to soldiers working close to each other in international waters and international airspace,” – said Josh Earnest, White House spokesman, deploring last year’s “repeated accidents”. Yet, according to an anonymous US official, the latest overflights “have been the most aggressive of all those we have seen for some time.”
Russian maneuvers began on Monday when the Donald Cook was 70 nautical miles (about 130 km) away from Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave in Europe, situated between Poland and Lithuania. The American crew made several attempts to alert the Russian aircrafts on international frequencies, but received no answer. According to NATO data, over one hundred Russian jets were intercepted in the European area in 2015, causing frequent risk of accidents, especially in the Baltic Sea and close to Great Britain.