Tensions with Russia: Bulgarian government worried by air space intrusions

Written by on July 24, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

According to Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev, Russian fighter aircraft have intruded into Bulgarian airspace a total of 10 times in the past month. Nenchev said that this development was “very worrying”. The Air Force was taking preventive measures, the minister said in a television interview.

Nenchev was also quoted as saying that any unauthorised entry into the country’s airspace required the scrambling of Bulgarian fighters, which consumed a lot of resources.

Other Nato countries have reported similar incidents on a regular basis, since the tension with Russia started increasing, due to the Crimea crisis in 2014. Prime Minister Borissov has recently called for a “demilitarised zone” in the airspace above the Black Sea.

The Sofia Globe article

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