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Russia asks Switzerland why plane was intercepted by fighters

National News // Nov. 21, 2016

Russia has demanded an explanation as to why the Swiss Air Force dispatched three fighter jets to escort a Russian government aircraft.

Peter Gronemann Russia asks Switzerland why plane was intercepted by fighters

The official Russian passenger aircraft was carrying journalists to cover the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economic summit, held in Lima, Peru, when the jets suddenly appeared.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to take part in the South American-based event, but he was not aboard the aircraft in question.

The embassy said in a statement posted on Twitter that it was bewildered by the military escort on Friday and wanted some clarification from Swiss officials.


Tags: airforce, russia

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