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Aeroflot Russian Airlines has denied reports that its flights to the U.S. were escorted by U.S. fighters
The Washington Post reported that the North American Aerospace Defense Command came up with an initiative to accompany flights from Russia to the US with fighters. Yesterday, Aeroflot Deputy Director General Lev Koshlyakov denied this information in an interview with Vremya Novostei. According to him, the Russian airlines received no notification about the fighters' escort from U.S. authorities. According to Mr. Koshlyakov, if the issue at hand concerned escorting civil flights with military planes and if such a measure was introduced on a regular basis, Aeroflot should have certainly received a NOTAM (official notification from the aviation administration). "Moreover," added Mr. Koshlyakov, "Aeroflot pilots, who have been specially instructed to watch whether any U.S. fighters approach their planes, have not noticed a single fighter when landing at American airports in the past few days. All the flights have been on time. The U.S. authorities have introduced no special measures regarding our company after the crashes in the Tula and Rostov regions."
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