Estonia accuses Russia of renewed airspace incursions

Estonia has accused Russia of violating its airspace for the fifth time this year and has delivered a formal protest to the Russian ambassador in Tallinn, the Estonian military said Friday.

A Su-27 fighter aircraft entered Estonian airspace without permission or identification and remained near the Baltic island of Vaindloo for less than a minute, the Estonian army said.

Citing inside sources, Estonian radio reported that Russia was planning to install an Iskander-M ballistic missile system in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, which is sandwiched between Baltic NATO and EU members Poland and Lithuania.

The report claimed that the short-range missile system was already en route from St Petersburg to Kaliningrad, formerly known as Koenigsberg in Prussian times, in a civilian transport ship.

There was no immediate official statement from Russia on the report.

Russia has frequently threatened that it would place a missile system in Kaliningrad, right on the EU and NATO's doorstep. The Iskander missiles have a range of more than 400 kilometres.

Last update: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 00:03
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