MOSCOW, October 19. The Russian foreign Ministry expects from Berne and Paris explanations through diplomatic channels on the incident with the plane of the speaker of the state Duma Sergei Naryshkin, said in an interview with TV channel “Russia 24”, the official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“And with the French side and the Swiss side we should bring to an end. We need to hear explanations, as the French side… Exactly the same and the Swiss side. We need to figure out what it was, why it was done,” said she.
As explained Zakharova, the Russian foreign Ministry has received information about the incident from the pilots side Naryshkin. Their primary data, it was the approach of aircraft in the French air force.
“We have this information to verify that this was caused by the Ambassador of France to the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation… the Ambassador took some time to clarify the circumstances. Then came the statements that we’ve seen in the media that perhaps we are talking about the Swiss plane, then we have already seen the Swiss side message that this Swiss aircraft”, – said the representative of the foreign Ministry.
“The aircraft with the heads of parliaments of other countries to freely cross the airspace when talking about official requests for such flights”, – concluded the diplomat.
The comment of the speaker of the state Duma
Sergey Naryshkin is confident that the foreign Ministry would investigate the incident with the aircraft of the Russian parliamentary delegation. Answering questions of journalists concerning an event, Naryshkin said that “would give a wide review”.
“The foreign Ministry understands, I am sure that he will understand what happened there, but pleasant enough,” said the speaker.
The speaker reiterated that he had not seen approaching the Russian Board the plane, because at this point, “worked with documents”.
Naryshkin also noted that he had no claims against Switzerland, his visit to this country, on which territory passes the 133rd session of the inter-Parliamentary Union, “clearly arranged”.
Rapprochement with the Board Naryshkin
Earlier, French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert was summoned to the Russian foreign Ministry to give explanations regarding dangerous approach of the aircraft in the French air force with the airliner, which in Switzerland was followed by a Russian parliamentary delegation led by speaker of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin.
However, the French foreign Ministry made a statement that this incident had involved a military aircraft of Switzerland. “We’re talking about the Swiss F-18, French military aircraft in this incident was not involved,” – said the representative of the foreign Ministry of France. Later Switzerland confirmed that its military aircraft F/A-18 came close to the Russian aircraft in Swiss airspace in the area of Biel.