Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News World

Russia criticises Bulgaria for barring Syria-bound flights

Published 08/09/2015

Russia has questioned Bulgaria's sovereign rights
Russia has questioned Bulgaria's sovereign rights

Bulgaria's refusal to let Russian cargo planes bound for Syria fly over its territory raises questions about its independence, a senior Russian diplomat has said.

Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry said the country is refusing to allow Russian military transport aircraft to fly through its airspace en route to Syria from September 1 to 24. It said the reason for the refusal was "incorrect information" about the purpose of the flights and the cargo.

Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov alleged that Bulgaria made the move under pressure from Washington.

He said Bulgaria's decision "raises a question about its sovereign right to make decisions about planes crossing its airspace", according to the Interfax news agency.

Signs of an ongoing Russian military build-up in Syria have drawn US concerns.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph