In this image released by the U.S. Navy, a Russian SU-24 jet makes a close-range and low altitude pass near the USS Donald Cook on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the Baltic Sea. (U.S. Navy via AP)
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The Pentagon has expressed its "displeasure" to counterparts in Moscow after Russian warplanes repeatedly buzzed a US destroyer and flew close to an American spyplane, an official said Thursday amid calls for a tougher US response.Moscow has defended its actions as appropriate given how close US forces were operating to Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave in northern Europe.The incidents ruffled the feathers of US lawmakers, many of whom have piled condemnation on Russia for the maneuvers.Senator John McCain said Thursday at a nomination hearing for General Curtis Scaparrotti, who is slated to become the next leader of US troops in Europe.Scaparrotti said it was important to send a clear message and be prepared to back it up.
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