Russian fighter jets intercept U.S. spy plane over Sea of Japan
Russian Su-35S and MiG-35BM fighter jets intercepted U.S. Air Force RC-135W Rivet Joint strategic reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan on Saturday, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said.
The Russian military scrambled fighter planes after it said RC-135W Rivet Joint strategic reconnaissance aircraft flying approached the state border of the Russian Federation over the neutral waters over the Sea of Japan.
“For identification and interception of the target, Su-35S and MiG-31BM fighters from the Air Defense Forces of the Eastern Military District were scrambled, which, after approaching, identified it as a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft RC-135,” the Ministry of Defense said.
According to the service, the fighters escorted the reconnaissance aircraft at a safe distance. When he turned and walked away from the Russian state border, the Su-35S and MiG-31BM returned to the airfield.
Saturday’s intercept follows similar encounters on 1 July in which Russian SU-27 fighter aircraft intercepted RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft as it flew close to the Crimean peninsula.
“On July 1, 2020, the Southern Air District Air Defense On-duty forces timely uncovered the operations of the US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea and escorted them by Russian fighters,” it said in a statement.
Trump confronts Putin: President confirms US launched cyberattack on Russian ‘troll farm’
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump confirmed in an interview that the United States launched a cyberattack on a Russian “troll farm” in 2018.
Asked whether the US had launched the reported cyberattack, Mr Trump replied “correct”.
Trump added that former US President Barack Obama “knew before the  election that Russia was playing around. Or he was told.”
Trump confirmed the US launched a cyberattack on a Russian ‘troll farm’ in 2018
US intelligence agencies believe the Internet Research Agency interfered with the 2016 US election
“So, he thought she was going to win. And we had the silent majority that said, ‘No, we like Trump’.”
Trump added he had acted on intelligence about Russian cyber interference commenting “look, we stopped it”.
The Washington Post first reported an alleged cyberattack on the Internet Research Agency in October 2018.