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French Jet in ‘Dangerous’ Incident with Russian Aircraft


Moscow alleged that a French military jet came dangerously close to an aircraft carrying the speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament as he flew through French airspace on Monday, but Paris said it was actually a Swiss jet.

The Russian foreign ministry said it summoned the French ambassador in Moscow to protest over what it described as “a dangerous proximity between a French air force jet in its national airspace and an airliner carrying a Russian parliamentary delegation.”

But France’s defense ministry said no French aircraft was involved in the incident, which according to Moscow’s account happened on Monday. The French foreign ministry said the aircraft involved was Swiss, without giving any details.

“It’s a Swiss aircraft,” a French foreign ministry official said. A spokesman for Geneva airport, Bernard Stampfli, said he had


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