Estonia says Russian planes violate its airspace, again
Two Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighters entered the Baltic country's airspace in the vicinity of Hiiumaa, a Baltic Sea island belonging to Estonia, without permission and spent less than one minute there Tuesday morning, Estonia's military said in a statement.
“The flight took place strictly in accordance with the set route. During the flight, the planes did not deviate from their route, which is confirmed by air situation data,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, as quoted by the news agency Interfax. European Union member Estonia has recorded numerous air violations by Russian aircraft — civilian and military — in past years and made repeated protests to Moscow.
Relations between Estonia and neighbouring Russia have remained icy since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The two countries have yet to ratify a border treaty nearly 30 years after Estonia, a former Soviet republic, regained its independence in 1991.
Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas linked the alleged Russian air intrusion with the ongoing US Navy-led Baltops naval exercise in the Baltic Sea with participation from 18 NATO members and other nations.
The agency said Lithuania's foreign ministry handed a note of protest to a representative of the Russian Embassy.
On Monday, Denmark said it had summoned Russia's ambassador and complained after Russian military planes allegedly twice violated the Scandinavian country's airspace over the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm last week.
(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)