Lavrov: Russia wants to avoid shooting down US planes over the Baltic

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September 23, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 

eer – translated by J. Arnoldski

The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs and NATO General Secretary have discussed issues concerning the safety of flights over the Baltic Sea. Moscow has made a proposal for the alliance, but is awaiting a response. 

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Sergey Lavrov and Jens Stoltenberg discussed the possibility of a meeting between Russian experts and representatives from NATO and the Baltic states. 

“At the current moment, discussion is ongoing on the procedure for holding such a meeting, and we must obtain an answer to our written proposal,” Lavrov’s deputy, Aleksey Meshkov, told the media.

The proposals concern flights over the Baltic with enabled transponders. Earlier, this issue was already discussed at meetings between Russian and NATO experts. The initiative, according to Meshkov, came from Finland and was supported by the Russian side. 

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