Why did Bulgaria deny Russia access to its air space?

      Published on Friday, 11 September , 2015      132 Views     

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Why did Bulgaria deny Russia access to its air spaceIn order to give Russian planes transporting aid to Syria access to our air space, the Russian side should allow the cargo to be checked at a Bulgarian airport,” explained Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov in response to requests that Bulgaria explain why we refused Russia access to our air space.

Mitov referring to a decision of the European Union, according to which there are restrictions on supply of certain types of goods to Syria, adding that such measures are applied where justified based on discrepancies between the stated aim of the flights and the actual gods being delivered.

The Foreign Minister assured that Bulgaria had the capacity to check for such discrepancies.

On the issue of refugees, Daniel Mitov said that Bulgaria would help support the relocation of refugees within the European Union, but noted that the country already has enough migrants.

Bulgaria said Wednesday it could allow Syria-bound Russian planes to cross its airspace if Moscow permits it to inspect the cargo, following concerns they could be carrying weapons for the Syrian regime.

“If our Russian colleagues agree for their flights to be inspected at a Bulgarian airport, we will grant them a permit,” Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov told journalists.

His remarks came a day after NATO and EU member Bulgaria confirmed it refused permission to an unspecified number of Russian aircraft to cross its airspace last week, angering Moscow.


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