– On June 10, 2021, an air target approaching the Russian State Border was detected by Russian airspace control over the Pacific Ocean. To identify the air target and prevent violation of the State Border of the Russian Federation, a Su-35 fighter was raised from the air defense duty of the Pacific Fleet forces. The crew of the Russian fighter identified the aerial target as a US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft and escorted it over the Pacific Ocean.
Accompanied, of course, in the direction of his house – the United States. After the foreign military aircraft turned away from the Russian state border, the Russian fighter safely returned to the home airfield.
The Russian Defense Ministry noted that no violation of the state border of the Russian Federation was allowed, and the flight of the Russian fighter was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
In mid-April, a MiG-31 fighter was engaged in the wires of the US Air Force RC-135 off the coast of Kamchatka. He drove the annoying NATO plane away.
Note that the US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft are packed with sensitive equipment that allows you to listen and view the territory hundreds of kilometers ahead.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has repeatedly stated that the NATO military is actively “expanding the scope of operational and combat training near our borders, increasing the intensity of exercises, and practicing offensive combat operations.”
According to the head of the military department, “NATO's intelligence activity” has also increased off the coast of the Baltic and Crimea.