Russia admits violating Finnish airspace

Russia has expressed regret for violating Finnish airspace with a military plane last week.

Russia admits violating Finnish airspace
Russia has expressed regret for violating Finnish airspace with a military plane last week.

According to a Finnish Defense Ministry statement, a Russian Ilyushin-76 military cargo plane entered the Scandinavian country's airspace offshore near Porvoo on Sept. 14.

The plane penetrated Finnish airspace by about 4.5 kilometers, remaining over Finnish territory for three minutes.

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen said last Friday that airspace violations must not happen, adding that he wanted an explanation from Russia.

Alexander Rumyantsev, Russian ambassador to Finland, informed Finnish Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva Thursday that Russia had investigated the alleged violation on the basis of materials supplied by Finland. Russia admits having violated Finnish airspace, he added.

According to Russia's investigation, the violation was not intentional, and was caused by an inadequate exchange of information between the flight crew and ground stations.

Rumyantsev stated that Russia regretted the incident and proposed that specialist discussions be held so that similar situations be avoided in the future.

Kanerva expressed his satisfaction with the explanation and welcomed the idea of specialist discussions.

Agencies
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