Russian planes do this over Europe too, they've done so for many years. The reason for this behavior is to:Make a country scramble their jets to record their response time. Record the type of equipment that a country scrambles as a response. Record frequencies that are sent out when defense and radar systems go into high alert. (for analysis)
When they do this sort of thing, they are recording, mapping and analyzing a nation's defense capabilities.
That unarmed Russian jet that flew closely by that American warship in the black sea a while ago? Probably the same thing. Not far behind the US warship was a Russian warship that was quite likely analyzing whatever the American warship was emitting and doing in response to spotting a Russian fighter jet.
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