from Russia Insider:
The good men and women of the Pentagon have recently shared another wondrous and magical episode in fraternal American-Russian relations. The men of Pentagon who are always inclined to promote workable and positive relations with the world’s only other nuclear superpower (almost as much they are inclined to promote even bigger Pentagon budgets) dispatched a military surveillance plane to the Black Sea off the coast of Russia to say hi to all the Russian submariners and air defense men.
To make it more of a pleasant surprise for the Russians the plane at one point turned off its transponder so that the Russians would not know if they should look forward to the Americans visit until the last minute.
But of course there was no fear — Americans were only too happy to come up to the very border of the Russian airspace and the delighted Eastern Europeans dispatched a Su-27 to greet the American P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
In a show of famous Slavic hospitality the Russian plane then proceeded to treat the guests to a superb flying performance. At one point the nimble Sukhoi even performed a wonderful maneuver that took it within just 10 feet of the visiting Boeing.
Thereafter the Americans returned home (to Bulgaria) but the Pentagon and the Russian military men agreed that this was a fine, mutually-envigorating experience. In fact Pentagon has promised to engineer more such goodwill flights especially during the next year’s budget debate in Congress.
The only part about it we, the ordinary people of the world, can lament is that the American crew failed to film the wonderful performance they were treated too — we would like to have enjoyed it as well!
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