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The US photo of a close encounter with a Russian fighter jet

Master Sgt Charles Larkin Snr / U.S. European Command via AP

The U.S. has released a photo of when a Russian fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane earlier this week over the Baltic Sea in an unsafe maneuver. The move came just after Russia announced it would begin targeting the U.S. west of the Euphrates in an escalation of tensions in the Syrian conflict.