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Maneuver by Russian fighter near U.S. Navy jet deemed "unsafe intercept"

BERLIN -- The U.S. military says a Russian fighter flew within 50 feet of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance jet over the Black Sea with full afterburners on, causing violent turbulence that knocked the American plane into a 15-degree roll. 

U.S. European Command Spokesman Juan Martinez said Tuesday the maneuver by the Russian Su-30 jet in front of the Navy P-8A on Saturday is being treated as an "unsafe intercept."

Martinez said the P-8A was "conducting a routine operation in international airspace" at the time of the intercept. 

The plane intercept is not the first close call to occur over international waters. 

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In May, the U.S. Navy said a Russian fighter jet flew within 20 feet of a P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the Black Sea. However, the Navy deemed it a safe encounter. 

One month later, Stuttgart-based EUCOM released dramatic photos of a Russian jet coming so close to a U.S. plane over the Baltic Sea that the Russian pilot could be seen in the cockpit. The encounter was deemed to be safe by the crew

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