French troops said Thursday that two French fighters and refueling planes were being tracked by two Russian fighters in the international airspace of the Black Sea.
Russian jets had already escorted two French fighters on Wednesday. Moscow said it was intended to prevent French aircraft from entering Russian airspace.
These types of interactions, not uncommon in similar incidents that have occurred earlier, occur in tensions between the West of the region and Russia.
French planes carry out NATO observation missions in accordance with international regulations, military spokesman Colonel Pascal Ianni told Reuters.
“two [French] The plane remotely detected two Russian fighters that were just approaching, but it did not hinder or hinder the progress of the mission, “said Ianni, which is Moscow’s” strategic communication. ” And showed that the plane was nearby. ..