In a shocking development, U.S. officials said the Russian military flew their Su-24 warplanes very close to a U.S. destroyer and a Polish military helicopter, and that the maneuvers were unsafe and provocative.
Russia and Vladimir Putin have seen how weak President Barack Obama has been on the foreign stage, and now they are showing their strength:
One pass occurred as a Polish military helicopter was about to take off from the deck of the U.S.S. Donald Cook, according to a U.S. official briefed on the incident. The pass-by disrupted the operation, forcing the Cook to hold the helicopter on its deck.
The Cook, a ballistic missile defense destroyer, was patrolling and conducing helicopter exercises with Poland and other U.S. partners in the southwestern Baltic Sea, after a port visit in Poland on Sunday.
U.S. officials said the Cook was operating in international waters.
As Adm. Mark Ferguson, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe opined, “We are assessing the event in light of the commanding officer’s assessment that the interactions were unprofessional and unsafe.”
CNN has more details:
There are often encounters between U.S. ships and aircraft and their Russian counterparts, but as long as they are conducted safely, there is minimal concern. This time, however, there were incidents that led the U.S. crew to conclude that the incidents were unsafe.
It could not immediately be learned how close the unarmed Russian fighters flew to the ship and at what altitude.
This is why America needs a real leader in the White House. This sort of provocative action is unacceptable, and America needs a Commander-in-Chief who will make that clear.
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