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French Planes Shadowed Russian Jets Over English Channel in February

Sputnik News

19:11 08.03.2016

Two Russian Tu-160 fighter jets took off from Russia, bypassed Norway, the British Isles, where they were met by a British fighter jet, then they remained above the international waters, turned back before the French airspace, according to Chief of Staff of the French Air Force.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – French air force shadowed 2 Russian Tu-160 fighter jets over the international waters of the English Channel February 17, French media reported Tuesday citing Chief of Staff of the French Air Force.

'The bombers took off from Russia, bypassed Norway, the British Isles, where they were met by a British fighter jet. We met them over the Channel…They remained above the international waters, turned back before the French airspace. We escorted them until they moved north,' Le Figaro quoted General Andre Lanata.

Russia did not yet comment on the event, however, country's security officials have repeatedly stated that all routine flights conducted by Russian military aircraft are held in compliance with international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters and do not violate sovereign borders or foreign airspace.

© Sputnik



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