The Russian military on Sunday dismissed reports of a dangerously close encounter between a US reconnaissance plane and a Russian jet over the Baltic Sea as "not true to reality."
A spokesman for the US European Command, responding to a question from CNN, had accused the Russian Su-27 of performing "erratic and aggressive manoeuvres" as it got within 15 metres of the US aircraft.
The Russian jet acted in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner" in the incident on Thursday, spokesman Danny Hernandez said, adding that the US plane was never in Russian territory.
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov rejected that account and said the Russian pilot had "complied fully with the international regulations," Russian state news agency TASS said.
"The information in foreign media claiming a dangerous approach on April 14 of a Russian Su-27 to the US RC-135 reconnaissance plane above the Baltic Sea is not true to life," the spokesman said.
Also last week, the Pentagon accused Russian Su-24 jets of making "aggressive" flyovers in close proximity to a military destroyer in the Baltic Sea. Moscow called the US reaction "incomprehensible" and said pilots had observed all "safety measures."