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    January 29, 2016

    Vladimir Kozin on Su-27 incident: "The Americans have no business hanging around our Black Sea"

    Su-27 sends message to US spyplane over the Black Sea
    And so what? We do not fly around in their Gulf of Mexico!


    RT, January 29, 2016

    Translated from Russian by Tom Winter

    Expert about the incident with the Su-27, "the Americans have no business hanging around our Black Sea."

    The military expert said that the incident between the Russian Aerospace Forces Su-27 and an American RC-135U spyplane, which caused a stir in the US, was a way to make clear that Washington has no business "hanging around" in the airspace over the Black Sea.

    Earlier media reports said on Monday, January 25 a Russian fighter Su-27 did a close approach to an American reconnaissance plane RC-135U. The incident, which the Pentagon called an "unsafe and unprofessional" maneuver, occurred in international airspace over the Black Sea.

    As stated by the official representative of US defense Michelle Baldanza, the distance between the two aircraft was no more than 6 meters. Then the Su-27 did a steep bank and flew off, said RidusNews.

    Vladimir Kozin, (Chief Adviser and the Head of the Group of Advisers to the Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Presidential Administration. Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Professor of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences) commented quite harshly on the remarks coming from the US military.

    "Ah, but the Americans have no business hanging around our Black Sea. Well, a Russian aircraft approached an American aircraft in a neutral sky? And so what? We do not fly around in their Gulf of Mexico! And what are they out in this case?" he said.

    Such actions are common. Planes of many countries intercept military aircraft that represent a potential threat: NATO fighters always scramble in the case of Russian strategic bombers patroling over the Atlantic
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