Russian War Planes Threaten a US Navy Ship in International Waters

Russian jets have made more than 30 passes this week in International waters, one within 30 feet of a U.S. destroyer.
2:00 | 04/13/16

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We begin here would that close call Russian fighter jets barely pastor US navy ship in international waters just thirty feet away. The images just coming in tonight's shot from the deck of that chip. US authorities say those Russian jets they're simulating an attack. Andy give you an idea tonight of just how close they came look at this one of those Russian fighter jets hovering over the US destroyer. We begin would ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz as we ask what's behind the move and how will the US for spot. It is one of the most. Restive Russian actions against the US military since the end of the Cold War ideas on the deck not just a dangerously close flyby. Within thirty feet of the US destroyer. The jets who wouldn't wait that simulated. And it's. And not just months but again and again. Over the last ten days the Russian jets making more than thirty passes over the American ship in international waters. And roaring it just 100 feet up the Baltic Sea. Jets have to wait for the water as the giants beat the race. Time when your flying just off the water at 500 miles an hour your focus just out the window if he missed judges how close he is the ship how far is off the water there's no room for error and there's lots of room for disaster the Americans on the destroyer group. Heatedly radio the Russian pilots. Did transmissions. Were ignored. And Martha Raddatz with a slot tonight Martha what are your sources telling you why would they be doing this and look in the US really does stop it. Well there's lots of speculation David they may be trying to distract NATO from a possible spring offensive in Ukraine. But over the last few years the Russians have only gotten more aggressive with his kind of harassment. And what ever the US is done behind the scenes does not seeing to a worked. And there are very few good options to try and.

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