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Two Swiss F18's flew along the aircraft to the amusement of passengers on board, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported.

Moreover, one of the military pilots reportedly waved his hand at the Russians on board IL-96.

Read alsoNATO jets scrambled as Russian bombers fly south – BBCHowever, the experienced Russian crew says this kind of interception is a normal, standard practice on this particular route, reads the report.