The Russian foreign Ministry gave a temporary agent of Romania to Russia to Viorel Cojocaru protest in connection with the prohibition to fly over Romanian territory the aircraft with the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin
Photo: Vladislav Shatilo / RBC
The Russian foreign Ministry described the incident as “deliberate provocation”, which has “serious damage” to relations between Russia and Romania. Moscow urged Bucharest to conduct a “thorough investigation” and to give explanations, said in a statement on the foreign Ministry website.
The Russian foreign Ministry stressed that Romania, forbidding passage through their space to the plane of airline “Globus” (a subsidiary of S7 Airlines. — RBC) with Rogozin on Board, jeopardize the safety of the 160 passengers. Rogozin, in turn, could not arrive in Chisinau for a meeting with President of Moldova Igor Dodon and participation in the events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the operation of Russian peacekeepers in Transnistria.
As previously reported by the Russian Ambassador in Chisinau Farit Mukhametshin, the Romanian authorities banned the plane with Rogozin on Board, flying flight Moscow — Chisinau, the overflight of its territory.
Rogozin in his microblog on Twitter said that the Romanian authorities have endangered “the lives of the passengers, women and children.” “Wait for an answer, you bastards”, he concluded. Eventually the plane turned around and landed in Minsk.