The Russian Embassy in Paris has confirmed that Russian Ambassador Alexander Orlov on Oct. 20 was at the French Foreign Ministry to discuss the incident involving a plane carrying a Russian parliamentary delegation led by State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin.
"I can confirm that the ambassador was in fact at the French Foreign Ministry this morning," Russian Embassy spokesman Sergei Parinov told Interfax by phone on Oct. 20.
"The conversation with the French focused, among other things, on the incident with the aircraft of State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin," he said.
Paris based media outlets said earlier on Tuesday that the Russian ambassador had been summoned to the French Foreign Ministry.
The French reassured Orlov that the French Air Force aircraft were not involved in the incident with the Russian plane, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said.
He stressed that Paris regrets that the French ambassador in Moscow had been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry for explanations "on the basis of untrue information."
The incident occurred on Oct. 19 when the plane carrying Naryshkin's delegation from Moscow to Geneva was approached by a fighter aircraft which was initially mistaken for being French but turned out to be Swiss.
Naryshkin told reporters earlier that he himself did not see the fighter jet because he was "working with documents" on board the aricraft at the time. He described the incident as "unpleasant."
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia sent apologies to France when it transpired that the aircraft belonged to the Swiss Air Force.
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