- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Turkish F-16s had to be scrambled Monday when a Russian surveillance plane flew along its Black Sea coast, Reuters reported.

The Russian craft, although still in international airspace, apparently was a bit too close to comfort for the Turkish Air Force, which scrambled the eight jets in response, military officials said.

Turkey, a member of NATO, forms the southern coastline of the Black Sea.

Thousands of Russian troops control ports and military installations in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Four Russian navy ships in Sevastopol’s harbor are also blocking Ukraine’s corvette Ternopil and the command ship Slavutych.