A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft fly over the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75),an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, operating in the Baltic Sea April 12, 2016. / AFP / US NAVY 6TH FLEET / Handout
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Russia denied Thursday its fighter jets were engaged in reckless or provocative behavior when they flew just meters from a U.S. destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea, exacerbating tensions between the rival powers.The maneuvers began Monday while the destroyer was located about 70 nautical miles from the Russian base in Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea.It suspended flight operations as a safety precaution until the planes left, EUCOM said.Poland, which had helicopter crews training take-offs and landings from the deck of the U.S. warship, and has long been wary of Russia's actions in its neighborhood, was also furious.The Pentagon periodically decries the risky tactics displayed by Russian pilots.
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