Denmark and Sweden summon Russian ambassadors for spy plane flight | Russo-Ukrainian War

The move comes after authorities in Sweden and Denmark reported a violation of their airspace by a Russian plane.

Denmark and Sweden summon Russian ambassadors to their countries after a Russian spy plane violated their airspace.

Danish and Swedish authorities reported that the Russian plane entered Danish airspace on Friday evening east of the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm and then entered Swedish airspace.

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said the Russian ambassador to Denmark had been summoned over the spy plane incident, which he called “unacceptable”.

“There are established procedures for this kind of case. This includes summoning the representative of the nation in question to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ”he said in an email.

“The Russian Ambassador is summoned to the Foreign Ministry tomorrow,” Kofod tweeted on Sunday.

“A new Russian violation of Danish airspace. This is completely unacceptable and particularly worrying in the current situation,” he said.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry also announced that the Russian ambassador would be summoned to Stockholm.

“There are established procedures for this kind of case. This includes summoning the representative of the nation in question to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the Swedish ministry said in an email.

The airspace violation sparked swift reactions in Sweden, where Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told local media such action was ‘unprofessional’ and ‘inappropriate’ given the heightened tensions in the region. due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Swedish Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the incursion of “the Russian AN-30 propeller plane” was being monitored and recorded.

In early March, four Russian fighter jets entered the airspace over Sweden.

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Henrik Mortensen, Danish Defense Command press officer, said the Russian reconnaissance aircraft was in Danish airspace “for a very brief moment. Two Danish F-16s immediately intervened. He said such incidents are rare.

Since Moscow launched its land, sea and air offensive against Ukraine on February 24, Nordic countries such as Sweden and Finland have reviewed their long-standing military neutrality and are considering joining NATO.

The two countries are expected to announce their intention to apply for NATO membership in mid-May – a move strongly encouraged by the United States, sources say. Moscow has repeatedly warned the two northernmost states of the European Union against such a move.

Denmark is already a member of the Western military alliance.

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