Switzerland Explains Air Incident With Russia as ‘Lack of Coordination’

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The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lower house of Russia’s parliament said that Switzerland said an aviation incident involving a Russian aircraft carrying members of parliament and a Swiss fighter jet near the border with France had occurred due to a failed coordination.

Switzerland said an aviation incident involving a Russian aircraft carrying members of parliament and a Swiss fighter jet near the border with France had occurred due to a failed coordination, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lower house of Russia’s parliament said on Wednesday.

The air incident occurred early on Monday when a Russian airliner en route to Geneva was approached in French airspace by an unidentified fighter jet, which Russia initially deemed to be a French Air Force aircraft. It later turned out to belong to Switzerland.

“During the talks with the leadership of the Swiss parliament [Stefano] Rossini, the chairman of its lower house, tried to explain the incident with the aircraft as ‘a lack of coordination’ and said that a more detailed explanation would be in a diplomatic note,” Alexei Pushkov told the Izvestia newspaper.

On Tuesday, the Swiss Embassy in Moscow submitted an explanatory note to Russian authorities, claiming the plane was on a “routine aerial guard duty.”

The Russian delegation was travelling to the 133rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, when its plane was approached.

 

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