Chargé d’affaires of Romania to Russia to Viorel Cojocaru expressed strong protest in connection with the fact that the Romanian authorities refused to allow its airspace to civilian aircraft, on Board of which there were Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin. This was reported on the website of the Russian foreign Ministry.
“It was stressed that under the threat was delivered security, more than 160 passengers, flying the mentioned flight. They are unable to timely reach to your destination,” reads the statement.
The foreign Ministry added that Moscow regards this incident as a deliberate provocation, causing damage to bilateral relations. “We urge the Romanian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and to provide the Russian side the corresponding explanations”, — concluded in the Ministry.
The Romanian authorities did not allow the aircraft of S7 airlines with Rogozin on Board to fly through the airspace of the country in Chisinau, where the Deputy Prime Minister will hold talks with Moldovan President Igor Dodon. In S7 argue that the Bucharest decision motivated by the fact that one of the passengers — “sanctions figure.” The plane was forced to land in Minsk.
Rogozin himself has explained that the decision to fly a scheduled flight was taken after a few years ago, the Romanian authorities tried to force to Board a Charter flight which flew the official.