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Estonia: diplomatic protest for airspace violation

Alleged intrusion of a Russian Su-34 fighter

Estonia officially protested yesterday at the Russian ambassador Alexander Petrov for the alleged violation of its airspace carried out last Monday by a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter airplane. According to what was announced by the Estonian embassy in Moscow, the aircraft would have remained in Estonian skies for less than a minute with the transponder turned off and not establishing contacts with the Estonian air traffic control center. The diplomatic office "confirms that the Russian ambassador was summoned to the Estonian Foreign Ministry to give him a note on the violation", a Tallinn spokesman reported to the Russian press. The Su-34 is a fighter-bomber designed for tactical use against air, land and naval targets in solo or group missions, day and night, and for aerial reconnaissance. The aircraft is two-seat, twin-engine, all-time, supersonic and medium-range, modified version of the Su-27. In the export variant it is marketed as Sukhoi Su-32.

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