Reinsalu: Airspace Violations Are Part of Russia's Policy ({{commentsTotal}})

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Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that more airspace violations are expected in the run-up to the Zapad 2013 Russian military exercises, set to take place in northwestern Russia in September.

“It is a fact that the Russian Federation is increasing its military presence in our region,” Reinsalu told Delfi today.

“It is an aggressive policy, grounded in the Russian military doctrine that its greatest military threat comes from the West,” Reinsalu said.

Provocative flights are one part of Russia's aim of establishing its presence in the region, the minister said.

On Thursday, an An-26 Russian military aircraft entered Estonia's airspace without permission. The violation occurred north of Rakvere, and lasted less than a minute.

In the last seven years, such incidents have taken place six times. Russia denied the allegation.