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Romania blocks Russian deputy PM from entering EU airspace

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has scrapped a trip to Moldova after his plane was barred from entering Romanian and Hungarian airspace.

Mr Rogozin said he and other Russian officials were travelling on a commercial flight to the Moldovan capital of Chisinau when the plane was denied passage over Romania or Hungary, both EU members.

The aircraft had to land in the Belarusian capital of Minsk because it was running out of fuel.

The deputy prime minister is one of the most senior Russian officials slapped with an EU visa ban in 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Mr Rogozin told the Interfax news agency that he started using commercial flights after Romanian authorities closed their airspace to his chartered flight in 2014.

Romania's foreign ministry confirmed that authorities had not allowed Mr Rogozin to enter Romanian airspace.

In an emotional tweet later Friday, Mr Rogozin said the Romanian authorities "put lives of the passengers, women and children at risk" by forcing the plane to divert.

He issued a warning for the Romanian government: "You wait for an answer, bastards!"

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