Amid increasing tensions between Russia and Europe, a Russian presidential plane was reportedly chased across the skies of Switzerland by three fighter planes until the plane crossed the aerial borders.
The presidential plane, carrying journalists and heading to Peru, was seen to be in close proximity of the fighter jets, which carried clear Swiss marking on them, according to one of the passengers, Daily Mail reported.
Reports state that a passenger aboard the Russian plane took a video of the Swiss jets flying alongside the presidential plane and posted it on Facebook. Andrey Kolesnikov, editor-in-chief of the magazine Russian Pioneer, wrote, "We're flying above Switzerland. At some point, the plane with the delegation and the journalists is being blocked from three sides by three fighter jets."
The journalist said that the fighter planes were very close to the Russian aircraft, and that he could even see the faces of their pilots. He added that there could possibly have been a crash if the fighter planes had come any closer.
The passengers feared that they would be forced to make a landing on the Swiss grounds. However, as soon as the Russian plane reached the border, the fighter planes pulled away in different directions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's alliance with the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, the airstrikes in Syria, Russia's increasing military presence in Eastern Europe and the country's nuclear capabilities has set most of the Europe and even United States on alert over Russia.
The Russian president on November 18 launched a supersonic missile that could reach the UK in 13 minutes.
With Russia's increasing aggression, many in the European Union fear that the 25-year period of European truce and harmony between the countries since 1991 is coming to an end.