According to the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Andre Lanata, events took another 17 February.
“The bombers took off in Russia, skirted Norway and the British Isles, where they were met by British fighter. We met them over the Channel “- leads Tuesday AFP general’s words.
“They (the bombers) were over international waters,” – said the French military. He added that the two involved fighter Rafale and Mirage 2000 ceased to accompany the Russian aircraft as they turned north.
Russia’s comments RIA Novosti has not.
Previously, the Defense Ministry said that the flights of Russian strategic bombers carried out in strict accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states.