Russian Jet Flies Feet From US Spy Plane Over Baltic Sea in Unsafe Incident, Officials Say

In a separate incident, a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime drone Tuesday

An armed Russian jet came within a few feet of an American reconnaissance aircraft flying in international airspace Monday, three defense officials told NBC News.

The officials characterized the intercept over the Baltic Sea as unsafe and unprofessional, with one saying the Russian pilot had "poor control" of the speeding aircraft.

Also on Tuesday, a U.S. fighter jet shot down a second drone belonging to the Syrian regime in a month.

The Shahed 129 drone was "showing hostile intent" to U.S. coalition forces on the ground, according to a U.S. defense official.

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