Russian defense Ministry denied the accusations of the Minister of defence of Bulgaria Nikolay Nencheva violation by Russian planes of air space of NATO. This follows from the statements of the official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov.
“With undisguised surprise, learned from the speech of Bulgarian Minister of defence Nikolay Nencheva on the local TV channel NovaTV about the alleged increase in violations in the past month, some Bulgarian zone of responsibility of NATO airspace” by Russian military aircraft off the transponders”. First of all, I would like explanations, not only to us, from the Minister far air borders of Bulgaria extend the boundaries of the imaginary areas of responsibility of NATO airspace?” — said Konashenkov.
He noted that the Russian planes VC do as planned carry out regular flights over the Black sea. The routes of their flight, according to the representative of the Ministry of defense, are in strict accordance with international rules of using airspace over neutral waters. In addition, all flights, including in June, was carried out only with the included transponder, said Konashenkov.
Defense Ministry spokesman added that to date no appeals to the Russian side from the Ministry of defence of Bulgaria was not. “So before you say to the camera about taking the Bulgarian defense Ministry “preventive measures” response, would recommend the Minister to begin to test the reports of his subordinates about the real state of Affairs.”
Previously, Nencho the TV channel NovaTV reported that Russian military aircraft off the transponders included in the so-called “Bulgarian zone of responsibility” in the airspace of NATO ten times in the last month. He called such maneuvers a “provocation against Bulgaria and its air force. According to Nencheva, Bulgaria has demanded explanations of disorders in Moscow, noting that Bulgaria adopts “preventive measures”.