Violetta Orlova 07:18, 06/22/22 YHIAH
The helicopter of the aggressor country was in foreign airspace for almost two minutes.
The Russian border helicopter Mi-8 violated the airspace of Estonia, which is a member of NATO, and stayed there for almost two minutes.
The incident occurred on June 18 in the Koidula region in the southeast of the country. Because of this, Russian Ambassador Vladimir Lipaev was summoned to the Estonian Foreign Ministry and handed him a note.
According to the channel, the Russian helicopter had no flight plan and its transponder was turned off. In addition, the pilot did not have two-way radio contact with the Estonian Air Traffic Service.
“This is an extremely serious and unfortunate incident from Estonia’s point of view, which will undoubtedly cause additional tension and is by no means acceptable,” the country’s Foreign Ministry commented.
The incident in the Koidula region was the second violation of the Estonian air border by Russians this year. Last year, the Russian Federation committed five such violations.
Russia violated Estonian airspace ahead of a major NATO summit. In addition, Russian troops are conducting exercises near the Estonian border, simulating daily rocket attacks on the country. According to Bloomberg , the Estonian Ministry of Defense warns of an escalation in tensions between the Kremlin and the NATO state.
“It has never been as serious as it is now. This is real life. They actually simulate missile strikes on NATO territory and let us know that they are notifying us of this,” the Estonian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
The Deputy Secretary of State of the department, Rein Tammsaar, called on the Russian Federation to withdraw troops from Ukraine and stop the bloody war. In addition, he expressed solidarity with Lithuania against the backdrop of the blockade of the Kaliningrad region, noting that it is implementing the decision of the fourth package of sanctions of the European Union. Tammsaap stressed that the Russian Federation must stop threatening its neighbors and realize that its own aggression against Ukraine is costly.
As UNIAN reported earlier, since June 18, Lithuania has stopped the transit of sanctioned cargo between the Kaliningrad region and the main territory of the Russian Federation.
The situation around the ban on Lithuania is escalating, Russia is openly threatening the country. Member of the Federation Council Andrey Klishas said that “Lithuania’s attempt to establish a transport blockade of the Kaliningrad region is a violation of Russia’s sovereignty over this region.” According to him, the ban on transit “may become the basis for very tough and absolutely legal actions.”