Russia criticises Bulgaria for barring Syria-bound flights

Bulgaria’s refusal to let Russian cargo planes bound for Syria fly over its territory raises questions about its independence, a senior Russian diplomat has said.

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said the country is refusing to allow Russian military transport aircraft to fly through its airspace en route to Syria from September 1 to 24.

It said the reason for the refusal was “incorrect information” about the purpose of the flights and the cargo.

Russia criticises Bulgaria for barring Syria-bound flights

Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov alleged that Bulgaria made the move under pressure from Washington.

He said Bulgaria’s decision “raises a question about its sovereign right to make decisions about planes crossing its airspace”, according to the Interfax news agency.

Signs of an ongoing Russian military build-up in Syria have drawn US concerns.

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