A US fighter jet appeared to draw a huge celestial penis near a Russian base in Syria.
The phallic form was seen off Cyprusthe flight map data is displayed.
A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft had left Crete but it is unclear whether the act was done deliberately, Politics reported.
It is possible that the jet was on a resupply mission.
It is the only Mediterranean port that Moscow has access to.
The port is a key asset as Moscow wants to create a military presence on NATO southern flank.
A 2021 report produced by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said, “The Kremlin may aspire to dominate the Mediterranean one day, but for now its goal is to deny NATO that option.”
The apparent shape of the penis caused widespread amusement on social media.
One said, “Trolling the highest piloting. These boys have a sense of humor.
Another commented: “I think [a] pretty clear message, isn’t it.
US Navy P-8 planes reportedly had an “extremely close” encounter with Russian planes over the Mediterranean in February.
Capt. Mike Kafka, a Pentagon spokesman, said at the time, “Although no one was harmed, such interactions could lead to miscalculations and mistakes that lead to more dangerous outcomes.”
Defense officials called Moscow’s actions “unprofessional,” CNN reported.
Tensions between Washington and Moscow remain heightened amid by Putin failed war in Ukraine.
Senior US officials have claimed that Russian generals discussed the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
John Kirby, a national security official, said: “We have been clear from the outset that Russia’s comments about the potential use of nuclear weapons are deeply concerning, and we take them seriously.
“We continue to monitor this as best we can, and we see no indication that Russia is preparing for such use.”
The terrifying Russian nuclear arsenal is believed to contain up to 6,000 warheads, enough to cause worldwide havoc and between 200 and 300 million casualties.
This includes up to 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons, designed for use on the battlefield to overwhelm conventional forces.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called Putin’s speech on nuclear weapons “dangerous”.
Last month, President Biden warned that the the world is on the brink of nuclear “Armageddon” for the first time in 60 years.
The commander-in-chief claimed Putin was “not kidding” about Ukraine’s atomization as the tyrant’s troops continue to crumble in the conflict.
In a chilling warning, Biden said Putin’s plan to unleash nuclear weapons is the biggest such threat since the Cuban Missile Crisis – one of the most dangerous periods of the Cold War.
The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when the Soviet Union responded to a US missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, just miles from the US coast.
It sparked a tense two-week stalemate that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.
Biden said; “For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we have a direct threat to the use of nuclear weaponsif in fact things continue on the path they had taken.
“We haven’t faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.”