The Russians wanted to shoot down the French plane.  Serious accident on the Black Sea

According to a military spokesman Colonel Pierre Godelier, a serious accident occurred in mid-November.

Russian air traffic control system It threatened to shoot down one of four Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft patrolling over the Black Sea. As revealed by French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu, the plane was in the international free zone at the time.

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AWACS aircraft have been patrolling the Black Sea region since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – It can detect missile launches, aerial bombing attacks and other military activities.

LeCorno also addsThis situation is unprecedented for the French pilots stationed in the region, as they faced an exceptionally aggressive attitude from the Russians, “reminiscent of the times of the Cold War.”

He confirms the minister's words French army spokesman:

The Russians threatened the crew through radio exchanges. He stressed that it was a particularly aggressive radio exchange

According to ABC News, two other officials He also revealed that the radio conversation was in English. The Russian side clearly explained to the French that its forces intended to destroy the patrol aircraft.

Aggressive responses from the Russians to NATO forces patrolling the border Not new. Reuters reports similar incidents, such as a missile being fired near a British RC-135 Rivet Joint surveillance plane, which, like the French AWACS planes, was over the Black Sea in international airspace.

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