The French defense ministry reported that Russian jets had intercepted escorted three French military planes over the Black Sea.
The Russian National Defense Management Center reported that local air control systems detected air targets approaching the state border and sent Su-27 fighters to investigate.
Upon recognizing the French military Mirage-2000 jets escorting a refueling plane, the Su-27 escorted the French planes until they left Russian airspace.
The French Defense Ministry said the planes were on an observation mission in international airspace and gave no other explanations.
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