.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Warships of Russian Navy sailing on the Don River in Rostov-on-Don during move from Caspian Sea to Black Sea. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The US state department branded Russia's plan to block parts of Black Sea as 'escalation'
  • Tensions between Russia and the West have grown in recent weeks following an uptick in fighting with Ukraine
  • Moscow has deployed tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's northern and eastern borders

.Moscow, Russia
Russia and Western countries routinely intercept each other's fighter jets near their borders. (Photo Credit: Representational/Unsplash)

  • Tensions between Russia and the West have hit their highest point since the Cold War post Russian annexation of Crimea
  • Russia dispatched two Su-27s to check out the two French Mirage-2000 fighter jets and a KC-135
  • Moscow last intercepted French fighter jets over the Black Sea in October last year