Via NY Post:

A Russian fighter jet escorted a US reconnaissance aircraft over the Pacific Ocean, the Russian Defence Ministry said Friday — as tensions between Moscow and Washington mount.

TASS, a Russian news agency, reported that ministry officials detected a US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Pacific Ocean along the southeastern coast of the 777-mile Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far eastern border.

“A MiG-31 fighter jet was scrambled from an airfield in the Kamchatka region to identify and escort the plane,” the statement by the Russian Defence Ministry read. “The crew identified it as a US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.”

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