Colombia protested to Russia over airspace violation

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The Colombian authorities decided to send a note of protest to Russian Ambassador Nikolai Tavdumadze over the violation of the country’s airspace by a Russian plane. This was announced on Tuesday, April 20, by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, Claudia Bloom, on the official page of the department in Twitter

“The Foreign Ministry, on behalf of the government, handed an official note to the Russian ambassador in Bogota, in which it expressed its energetic protest in connection with the situation with the Russian plane, which violated Colombian airspace on April 19,” Bloom said.

According to the minister, Russian aircraft have repeatedly violated the flight conditions issued by Colombia. Tavdumadze was informed about the importance of a prompt response from the Russian Federation and the government’s guarantees not to commit serious systematic violations of Colombian airspace, the head of the country’s Foreign Ministry said.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense of the Latin American country reported that the Russian Il-96-400VPU aircraft violated the airspace of Colombia, KFIR fighters were raised to intercept it.

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Russian aircraft had permission to fly, but the actual coordinates of the entry into Colombian airspace differed from those declared.

On April 19, a Russian MiG-31 fighter jet intercepted US and Norwegian patrol aircraft over the Barents Sea. It is noted that two air targets approaching the state border of the Russian Federation were detected by radars over the water area of ​​the Barents Sea. They were identified as the P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft of the United States Navy and the P-3C Orion patrol aircraft of the Norwegian Air Force.