A Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Monday, Fox News reported, citing two U.S. officials.
A Russian Su-27 jet with air-to-air missiles under its wings approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance jet "rapidly" and came within five feet of the craft, the officials said.
After buzzing the U.S. craft, the Russian jet flew "erratically" and was "provocative" in its maneuvers. The U.S. military considered the incident "unsafe."
The incident comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Russia after the U.S. Navy shot down a Syrian jet after it dropped bombs on rebel forces partnered with the U.S.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday that it will now treat U.S.-led coalition planes west of the Euphrates River in Syria as targets.
Russia has supported the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad both diplomatically and militarily.
Breaking on CNN now, Russia will treat coalition planes as targets in Syria! Looks like Trump is leading to war with Russia!— DEVILDOC (@ferberfal) June 19, 2017
Some found Russia's threat to treat coalition planes as targets alarming.