A Russian fighter jet's "unsafe" and "unprofessional" action toward a U.S. RC-135U reconnaissance aircraft has the State Department lodging an official complaint with the increasingly combative country.
According to a tweet sent out on Saturday by the European Command, the United States is not happy about the incident that occurred near Poland on Tuesday.
.To dispel rumors: US aircraft flying IAW ICAO flight rules in intl airspace was intercepted by Russian fighter in unsafe manner April 7.1/2— U.S European Command (@US_EUCOM) April 11, 2015
.The United States is raising this unprofessional incident with Russia in the appropriate diplomatic and official channels. 2/2— U.S European Command (@US_EUCOM) April 11, 2015
Russia claims the plane's transponder was turned off and that the pilot was simply trying to get a view of the tail number.
The U.S. says that claim is simply not true, according to Navy Captain Greg Hicks.
Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said the Russian jet was "unsafe and unprofessional due to the aggressive maneuvers it performed in close proximity to their aircraft and its high rate of speed."