The United States and Russia appear to be on a crash course for war as tensions continue to escalate after the U.S. Navy shot down a Syrian warplane.
On Monday, a Russian Su-27 jet armed with missiles came within 5 feet of an American reconnaissance plane that was conducting a routine flight over the Baltic sea.
According to reports, the Russian jet approached the American plane “rapidly” and started to act “erratically” once it got close.
Conservative Tribune reports:
One wrong move and the planes could have collided, potentially sparking a serious situation between Russia and the United States that could have escalated into a military conflict.
This latest encounter comes on the heels of the Russians stating that they would “target” any coalition aircraft that was flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria, The New York Times reported.
The most recent encounter between the Russian and the Americans before this incident occurred on June 6 when the Russians scrambled fighter jets to “escort” an American B-52 that was flying in international airspace over the Baltic sea, The Washington Post reported.
The U.S. military needs to take these threats seriously and be ready to strike against the Russians should they act aggressively like this again.
Who is in the wrong here? Should the U.S. take responsibility for shooting down the Syrian plane, or are the Russians simply trying to show off their toughness?
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