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Kerry says US Navy destroyer could have shot down Russian warplanes

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the U.S. Navy ship that was buzzed by two Russian warplanes in the Baltic Sea this week could have opened fire under U.S. military rules of engagement. The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) was conducting flight operations with a Polish helicopter Monday when two Russian Su-24 attack aircraft came

Russia jets make ‘simulated attack’ passes near US destroyer: U.S.

Two Russian warplanes flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, the U.S. military said, with one official describing them as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, which also flew near the ship a day earlier,

Russian fighter jet buzzes U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea amid Ukraine crisis

 A Russian fighter jet aggressively taunted an American warship in the Black Sea by making “numerous close-range low-altitude passes” and exhibiting what some Pentagon officials described as provocative behavior and unprofessional conduct. Army Col. Steve Warren said the fighter jet pestered the USS Donald Cook with continuous close fly-bys on Saturday while the destroyer was