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Russian plane intercepts U.S. refueling aircraft

A Russian plane intercepted an American refueling aircraft during exercises in the Baltics, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.  

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the intercept was considered "safe and professional."  There was media on board the refueler so there is expected to be video of the intercept. 

A still photo released by the Defense Department's DVIDS also shows a Russian Su-27 intercepting a U.S. Air Force B-52H, 2nd Bomb Wing. Another DVIDS photo captures the Russian plane intercepting a formation of U.S. Air Force aircraft, including two B-1B Lancers, a KC-135R Stratotanker and B-52H Stratofortress.

A Russian Su-27 Flanker intercepts a formation of U.S. Air Force aircraft, two B-1B Lancers, 28th Bomb Wing, KC-135R Stratotanker, 756th Air Refueling Squadron and B-52H Stratofortress, 2nd Bomb Wing, while participating in BALTOPS over the Baltic Sea, June 9, 2017.  DVIDS / Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

On Tuesday, Russia's defense ministry said it scrambled a fighter jet to intercept and escort a U.S. strategic bomber flying over the Baltic alongside the Russian border. The American B-52 Stratofortress bomber was flying near the border of Russian airspace. 

Similar incidents have happened close to Russian airspace in the past. In September, a Russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, in what American officials called an unsafe intercept over the Black Sea.  

CBS News' Mary Walsh contributed to this report.

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