Ambassador handed protest note re Russian plane intruding into Estonian airspace

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Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday summoned Russian Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov and handed him a protest note regarding an aircraft of the armed forces of Russia once again making an unauthorized entry into the Estonian airspace.

An Antonov An-72 last Thursday 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 on Monday. 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.