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Mounting Russia-West 'Close Encounters...Ripe with Escalation Potential'

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A new report says the number and gravity of "close military encounters" between Russia and the West has increased visibly amid tension over Ukraine.
 
The policy-brief-style-report, titled "Dangerous Brinkmanship" and issued by the European Leadership Network, details almost 40 dangerous or sensitive incidents over the past eight months, including what it says was the near-collision of a Russian spy plane and an SAS jet carrying 132 passengers from Copenhagen to Rome on March 3.
 
The episodes include a near-collision in March between a Russian spy plane and a commercial jet taking off from Copenhagen for Rome with more than 130 passengers on board. 
 
The Russian plane had not turned on its transponders, the device used to signal its presence to other aircraft. 
 
The report says a collision was only avoided because of good visibility and quick reaction by the pilots of the SAS passenger jet. 
 

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Mounting Russia-West 'Close Encounters...Ripe with Escalation Potential'

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