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Russian military jet did not violate Finnish airspace, spokesman for the Western Military District said

May 13, 2013, 18:59 UTC+3
Earlier on Monday, the Finnish Defense Ministry said a Russian military aircraft had briefly violated the Finnish airspace over the Gulf of Finland
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MOSCOW, May 13 (Itar-Tass) - A Russian military aircraft did not violate the Finnish airspace on Monday, spokesman for the Western Military District Vladimir Drobyshevsky has said.

“This afternoon, a Russian An-26 aircraft was making a flight over neutral waters of the Gulf of Finland. In connection with weather conditions and the influence of a thunderstorm front, the plane changed the flight route, coordinating it with Finnish air traffic control officers and approaching the Finnish state border as close as 15 kilometers,” he said.

According to Drobyshevsky, “during the flight along the border with Finland, the An-26 was accompanied by a Finnish F-18 plane from Tampere Air Base”.

Earlier on Monday, the Finnish Defense Ministry said a Russian military aircraft had briefly violated the Finnish airspace over the Gulf of Finland.

It said the incident took place in the afternoon and was brief. The plane deviated from the course on a routine flight, it said.

The Finnish Border Guard looks into the incident.

 

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