ALERT Two Swiss fighter jets escorted Russian Ilyushin-96 carrying official delegation to Marseille

FRANCE – AUGUST 19, 2019: A Swiss fighter jet escorting an Ilyushin Il-96 plane of the Russian presidential fleet operated by Rossiya Airlines on the way to Marseille. The plane is carrying a delegation accompanying Russia’s President Vladimir Putin heading for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron; Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peksov, Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov, and journalists of the Kremlin pool are onboard. Mikhail Metzel/TASS

Two fighters of Switzerland’s Air Force for several minutes escorted a plane of the special air carrier Rossiya Airlines en route from Moscow to Marseille.

On board the Ilyushin-96 liner there were members of the Russian delegation going to France for talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron, including Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov and presidential aide Yuri Ushakov and a group of journalists.

When the plane entered Switzerland’s airspace, two fighters approached it on either side at an altitude of 10.6 kilometers. The fighters took turns to close up with the liner, at certain moments flying just several meters away from the liner’s wings and escorted it over the Swiss territory for some time to the border with France, where they turned away.

Swiss Air Force planes approached and escorted Rossiya Airlines planes in many instances in the past.

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