The Pentagon said Saturday that two Russian fighter jets warded off a US B-52 bomber in international airspace above the Black Sea.

The incident occurred early Friday, the US European Command said in a statement.

The Russian S-27 jets conducted an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept as the pilots flew 100 feet (30 meters) from the bomber.

Six US B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers flew above countries as part of support for NATO alliance members.

Copyright 2022 Anadolu Agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.