The Russian Minister promises to beat back the Ukrainian exercises near Crimea


Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Maxim Sokolov said that Russia would not leave unanswered Ukraine’s actions in the airspace near Crimea. According to him, Russia does not consider the issue with the Ukrainian air defense exercises in the Black Sea closed.

“Yesterday, I sent a letter to the President of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) in order to study the incident, to legally evaluate it in the framework of international law, norms and requirements of the ICAO on aviation safety. I’m sure we will address this issue within the European Bureau of ICAO. It will remain neither unanswered nor unconsidered and unevaluated,” added Sokolov.

The Minister argues that the actions of Ukraine will also affect the aviation safety in Europe. “This situation generally affects the aviation safety in Europe and, particularly, in the Black Sea region,” said Sokolov.

As a reminder, the exercises with aerial shootings of the Ukrainian Air Forces are being held in the southern part of Ukraine on December 1-2.

Sources at the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that Russia threatened Kiev with a rocket hit if Ukraine’s missile firings took place in the area of Crimea.

Earlier Rosaviatsiya (the Federal Air Transport Agency) said that Ukraine had decided to hold a missile firing in the flight information region of Simferopol on December 1 and 2. Russia considers this area its airspace, despite the fact that it belongs to Ukraine according to international standards.

Simferopol FIR (URFV) includes the Crimean peninsula, a large part of the Black and the Azov Seas, as well as the South of Ukraine. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognizes Ukraine’s control over the area.

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