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Poland, Ukraine bar overflight by Russian defence minister’s plane

Published on Aug 29, 2014 11:04 PM
 
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (left) and Governor of Moscow Region Andrei Vorobyov watching the Tank Biathlon world championship in Alabino outside Moscow on August 4, 2014.  Poland and Ukraine refused permission for a plane carrying Shoigu to use their airspace on Friday while returning home from a visit to Slovakia, the Slovak Interior Ministry said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Poland and Ukraine refused permission for a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to use their airspace on Friday while returning home from a visit to Slovakia, the Slovak Interior Ministry said.

The plane carrying Shoigu, who had attended a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of an anti-Nazi uprising in the central Slovak city of Banska Bystrica earlier in the day, turned back and landed in the Slovak capital Bratislava.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said Shoigu remained on board his plane at the airport but was offered transit to the Russian embassy in Bratislava.

Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak went to the airport to try sort out the situation, he said.

 
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