A Russian fighter intercepts a US fighter jet approaching the Hmeimim base

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced today, Monday, that a fighter belonging to it took off from the Hmeimim base in Syria to intercept an air target that was heading towards the base, and it turned out to be a plane belonging to the American forces.

The ministry said in a statement that the Russian radars, which oversee the monitoring of airspace over the neutral waters of the Mediterranean, revealed an air target that was flying toward Russian military installations in Syria.

The ministry added that to determine the identity of the target, a Russian Air Force fighter took off from the Hmeimim base in Syria, and the Russian pilot was able to determine the number of the aircraft that turned out to be American and escorted it until it left the region.

The Ministry of Defense confirmed that all flights of Russian Hellenic forces take place in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters.