A recent video shows a Russian fighter jet intercepting a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon over the Black Sea.
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A video purportedly showing a Russian fighter jet intercepting a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon over the Black Sea recently went viral.
Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.
A thorough reverse image search of the video revealed it to be outdated.
This Video Dates Back to July 2021
On July 7, 2021, the original footage was published by the official YouTube account of the Russian Ministry of Defense, "иноорон оcсии."
The exact same frame appears at 0:10 in the original video as it does at 0:16 in the viral video.
Russian Fighters Intercepted a U.S. Patrol Plane
According to a report released by Russia's National Defense Control Center, Russian Su-30 fighters intercepted a US Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol jet over the Black Sea on July 7, 2021.
An aircraft target was seen by Russian radar stations as it got closer to the country's state border. According to the statement, Su-30 jets from the Black Sea Fleet's quick reaction alert naval aviation and air defense units were scrambled to locate the target.
It was emphasized that American aircraft were not permitted to cross Russia's state boundary.
NATO's Sea Breeze multinational naval exercises were taking place in the Black Sea.
Ukraine, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, and Latvia were also participating in the drills.
Did Russia Intercept an American Plane Recently?
Contrary to recent claims, Misbar’s team found the latest news about intercepting a U.S. plane was on March 14, 2023.
The U.S. Air Force released a video showing two Russian Su-27 aircraft flying close to a U.S. MQ-9 unmanned aircraft over the Black Sea.
According to the U.S. Air Force, the Russian aircraft engaged in "an unsafe and unprofessional intercept," spraying fuel on the drone and damaging its propeller, requiring Washington to shoot down the MQ-9 Reaper drone in international waters.
Moscow denied that its aircraft had damaged the unmanned drone, announced that it would make an effort to recover the debris, and issued a warning that it would respond "proportionately" to any upcoming U.S. "provocations" as tensions rose.