May 2015 – BLACK SEA – Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a US warship that was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA has reported, citing an anonymous source in Russia’s armed forces in Crimea. The source was quoted as saying the US destroyer Ross was moving along the edge of Russia’s territorial waters and heading in their direction. “The crew of the ship acted provocatively and aggressively, which concerned the operators of monitoring stations and ships of the Black Sea Fleet,” RIA quoted the source as saying. “Su-24 attack aircraft demonstrated to the American crew readiness to harshly prevent a violation of the frontier and to defend the interests of the country.” Russia’s defense ministry was not immediately available to comment on the report. The incident is the latest example of encounters between Russian and Western militaries, as tensions continue over the crisis in Ukraine, and Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, last year.
Earlier this month, both Britain and Sweden said they had scrambled fighters to intercept Russian bombers near their territory. The United States said last month that it was filing a complaint to Russia over a Russian fighter’s “sloppy” and unsafe interception of a U.S. reconnaissance plane in international aerospace over the Baltic Sea. All of us need to stay vigilant – things are changing almost daily on the geopolitical scene. Tensions are mounting across the globe. Black Swan events can change life with little or no notice. –ABC News