A Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter (bottom left) shadows one of four Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker fighters, like the one involved in Friday’s incident, in Baltic air space in June 2014. File photo: EPA

Russia defends ‘barrel-roll’ intercept of US Air Force reconnaissance plane

Friday’s incident underlines rising tensions between Russia and the United States over eastern Europe

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A Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter (bottom left) shadows one of four Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker fighters, like the one involved in Friday’s incident, in Baltic air space in June 2014. File photo: EPA
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