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Russian military aircraft violated Sweden's state border

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun19,2024

A Russian military aircraft violated the Swedish state border

Photo: Russian Su-24 attack aircraft

The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian Ambassador to Stockholm, Viktor Tatarintsev, due to violation of the state border by a Russian military aircraft. This is stated on the department's website. This is the first such incident since Sweden joined NATO, which occurred on June 14. As the Swedish army reported, a Russian Su-24 bomber violated the airspace east of the Baltic island of Gotland. Two fighters were sent to intercept it. The Air Force commander called the situation a “demonstration of disrespect for the territorial integrity of the country.”

A few days earlier, a similar incident with a Russian military aircraft was reported by the Finnish Ministry of Defense. On June 10, the department said, a Russian plane allegedly violated the border in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland.

This incident also occurred for the first time since Finland joined NATO. Sweden and Finland joined the Alliance after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Before this, they adhered to a policy of neutrality — more than 200 and 77 years, respectively.

BAGNET notes, Su-24 – a front-line bomber capable of carrying anti-ship missiles, glide bombs and tactical nuclear weapons. The aircraft is actively used by Russia during the invasion of Ukraine and by the Ukrainian army.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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