"To identify air targets and prevent violation of the state border of Russia, Su-27 fighters from the air defense forces of the Southern Military District were taken into the air," RIA Novosti reported.

The fighter crews managed to identify aerial targets as two tactical fighters Dassault Mirage 2000 and Dassault Rafale, as well as a C-135 tanker aircraft of the French Aerospace Forces.

Russian fighters escorted French aircraft over the Black Sea.

Violations of the state border of Russia were not allowed.

On December 3, Russian Su-27 and Su-30 fighters escorted the US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft and the US Army CL-600 ARTEMIS reconnaissance and targeting aircraft over the Black Sea