A source close to Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky confirmed that Ukraine had scrambled warplanes to force a Russian governmental jet that had entered Ukrainian air space on Saturday to land.
Two Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters were used, the source told Interfax.
"It's true that planes were ready to land the plane and took off, but this didn't happen - the plane turned back voluntarily," the source said. "The pilot of the plane himself decided to reverse the plane and fly back to Chisinau in order to avoid a coercive landing."
The Moscow-bound Russian jet was carrying a Russian delegation that included Medinsky and State Duma deputies and accompanied Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin during Victory Day festivities on Friday in Moldova's breakaway Transdniestria province.
Rogozin, who is the president's special representative on Transdniestria, returned to Moscow on Saturday.
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