A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US surveillance plane over the Baltic Sea last week, prompting Washington to call the Russian jet’s behavior “unsafe and unprofessional.” Russia, however, said their plane acted in accordance with international regulations. This is the third interception of its kind since April. The rising tensions add more uncertainty to cooperation between the two powers, which include joint efforts in the Syria peace talks. Could this incident have led to a full-scale conflict between the US and Russia? Why have these interactions increased? US President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter have stated that the US will fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows, and other big powers have said the same. How can routine activities in international air space and waters be coordinated in a way that maintains peace between global powers? Join us for an in-depth discussion with Yang Xiyu, Senior Fellow at China Institute of International Studies, in Washington DC, US, Jeffrey Mankoff, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Russia & Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and in Moscow, Pavel Felgenhauer, a defense analyst in Russia.
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