Contents tagged with airspace violations

  • Estonia accuses Russia of violating its airspace

    Tallinn accused Moscow once again of violating its airspace. On Tuesday, September 6th. This was reported by the press service of the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces.

    According to the Estonian military, an AN-72 aircraft of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation flew into the air space of Estonia without the permission on the evening of September 5th. The plane’s transponder was turned on but the flight plan was not submitted in advance. The plane did not communicate with …

  • Bulgaria accuses Russia of repeatedly violating its airspace

    The Minister of Defense of Bulgaria, Nikolay Nenchev, stated that Bulgarian airspace has been increasingly violated by Russian aircraft—actions that can be interpreted as provocation against Bulgaria and its Air Force, Reuters reported. According to Nenchev, four cases of flights of military aircraft and six cases of flights of passenger liners through Bulgarian airspace were recorded in June.

    Nenchev claims that Russian aircraft entering Bulgarian airspace switch off their transponders— …

  • Russian military aircraft violates Estonian airspace

    A Russian An-26 military transport aircraft violated Estonian airspace yesterday, according to the Estonian Defense Forces website. "At 09:51 [Tuesday], a Russian An-26 entered into the air space of Estonia near the island of Vaindloo without permission," the web message stated.

    The plane was in Estonian airspace for less than one minute. It flew with a proper flight plan and with its transponder turned on. According to the plan, the plane was to remain in international airspace. At the time …

  • Russian plane violated Lithuanian airspace twice last week

    The press service of the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania reported that Lithuanian fighters intercepted a Russian aircraft on two separate occassions last week.

    On February 17th, fighter jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Airbase to intercept a Russia IL-20 transport plane heading for Kaliningrad. Two days later, the same aircraft was intercepted and esorted by Lithuanian fighters on its way back to mainland Russia.

    According to the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania, the Russian IL-20 …

  • Russian helicopter violates Estonian airspace

    The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a note of protest to the Russian Ambassador in Tallinn over an incident on Thursday in which a Russian military helicopter allegedly violated Estonian airspace. The episode occurred near the village of Vaskarnava near the Russian-Estonian border.

    The helicopter did not attempt to contact Estonian air traffic controllers.

    The Russian Defense Ministry denies the allegations. “On February 18th, Army helicopters did not fly in the area,” the …

  • Klimkin: Turkey's Response to Airspace Violations is in Accordance with International Law

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, criticized the violation of Turkish airspace by Russian airplanes. “The situation is clear. Turkey, as a member of NATO, has never intended to violate Russian airspace. On the contrary, Russian aircrafts have violated Turkish borders. Then, who is it that is threatening whom,” said the Ukrainian Minister during an interview with a reporter from the Anadolu Agency.

    Klimkin noted that the same situation relates to Ukraine, which carries …

  • Russian military plane mistakenly flew into Israel’s airspace

    A military plane from the Russian aviation group in Syria flew one mile into the airspace, which is under Israeli control and then left it, stated the Jewish State Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya'alon. According to Ya’alon, the plane flew into Israeli airspace for almost one mile as the result of a mistake. “We established communication with the Russian pilot, and he immediately changed his course for Syria,” stated Ya'alon.

    The Minister reminded us that last year, Israel shot down Syrian Su-24, …