Sweden and Denmark protest against airspace violations

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Scandinavian diplomats yesterday announced the recall of Russian ambassadors to Sweden and Denmark after a Russian reconnaissance plane violated the airspace of the two countries.
“The Russian Ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry,” Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said on Twitter on Monday. He added: “Another Russian violation of Danish airspace. This is completely unacceptable and worrying, especially in the current situation.”
The crash happened last night when a Russian reconnaissance plane flew over Danish airspace east of Bornholm, the Danish island in the Baltic Sea, before entering Swedish airspace .
Last Saturday, the Swedish Ministry of Defense spoke about the second part of these facts.
The Swedish Foreign Office said: “There is a range of measures for this type of incident, and this includes summoning the offending country’s representative to the Foreign Office.”
The plane remained only for a brief period in the airspace of the two neighboring countries.
“It’s a reconnaissance aircraft that has been in our airspace for a very short time,” said Henrik Mortensen, press officer at the Danish Ministry of Defence.
“Two Danish F-16s immediately intervened,” he added. The Russian plane then left Danish airspace.
Mortensen confirmed that this type of accident is “rare”.
Unlike Sweden, where this issue is debated, Denmark is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
In response to a question from the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s defense minister said he had “no evidence” that the incident was linked to ongoing talks about Sweden’s possible NATO membership.
As Finland also considers its NATO bid, Russia has warned that Stockholm and Helsinki should expect ‘consequences’ in ‘bilateral relations’ with Russia and in ‘overall European security arrangements “.

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