The French Defense Minister accused the "Russians" of trying to blind military helicopter pilots

French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said Russian pilots were acting "unprofessionally" and even attempting to "blind" French helicopter pilots operating from frigates, which he said posed a serious threat to the safety of the crews. These statements caused heated discussions in French society and the press.

“The Russians tried to blind our helicopter pilots operating from frigates. Russia has taken an aggressive, provocative position.”, Sebastien Lecornu told parliament.

France, like other NATO countries, is actively involved in monitoring the situation in the Black Sea region, which inevitably leads to an increase in the number of encounters with Russian military aircraft and ships. However, Lecornu's statements highlight growing tensions between NATO and Russia, especially amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Despite such statements from the French Minister of Defense, he was unable to provide any facts on this matter. At the same time, it remains unknown why France had not previously announced such incidents, which raises doubts about the reliability of Lecornu’s words.


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