What the headline didn't tell you was that the US Navy plane was flying in the Baltic Sea region. That is, in the backyard of Russia, where it had no business.
Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokesperson for US Naval Forces Europe told CNN:
This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3's flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the SU-27's jet wash.CNN's US military apologist John Kirby said the Russian jet's action was "Inexcusable, provocative & potentially fatal." No, provocative would be a Russian jet flying over South Beach Miami, not in its backyard.