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2016.04.15 09:10

Russian helicopters potentially violated Lithuanian airspace

Algirdas Acus2016.04.15 09:10

Lithuanian Border Guard Service declared on Thursday that its officers visually spotted three Russian helicopters that possibly had crossed into Lithuanian territory, on Tuesday, 12th April.

Lithuanian Border Guard Service declared on Thursday that its officers visually spotted three Russian helicopters that possibly had crossed into Lithuanian territory, on Tuesday, 12th April.

Lithuania's military radars did not register any violation of the Lithuanian airspace, but State Border Guard Service said its officers spotted three helicopters from Kaliningrad Oblast, which possibly had crossed the state border close to the Vištytis frontier post.

Apparently they then made a U-turn and returned to the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation.

According to border guards, the helicopters had no identification marks and it is impossible to say if they were military or civil.
 

The Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces assured that if a border violation would have been clear all the necessary procedures would be activated.

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Captain TOMAS PAKALNIŠKIS, Public Affairs Officer with the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces: