Russian aircraft again intrudes into Estonian airspace

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An Antonov An-72 aircraft of the armed forces of Russia made an unauthorized entry into the Estonian airspace on Thursday.

The An-72 entered Estonia's airspace near the small Gulf of Finland island of Vaindloo at 5:25 p.m. by 1.2 nautical miles without permission, military spokespeople said. The incursion lasted about a minute.

Transponder of the plane was switched on and beforehand a flight plan had been submitted according to which the plane was supposed to fly in international airspace.

Before Thursday Russian military planes had intruded into Estonia's airspace seven times this year, with five of the incidents registered near the island of Vaindloo.

Russian Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov will be summoned to the Foreign Ministry and handed a protest note on Tuesday morning.