Russian border guard helicopter violates Estonian airspace

HELSINKI– NATO member Estonia said on Tuesday that a Russian border guard helicopter violated the Baltic nation’s airspace over the weekend, and the Russian ambassador was summoned and told received a note about the incident.

The Estonian military said in a statement that the Russian MI-8 helicopter entered the country’s airspace in southeastern Estonia in the Koidula region – not far from the Russian city of Pskov – without permission Saturday night.

The helicopter remained in Estonian airspace for almost two minutes, the Estonian military said, adding that it did not submit a flight plan, had its transponder turned off and failed to maintain radio contact with the Estonian air navigation services.

The alleged intrusion was the second violation of Estonian airspace this year. Last year, Russian planes – military and civilian – violated Estonian airspace five times, according to the military.

The Russian ambassador to Denmark was summoned to the Danish Foreign Ministry on Friday after a Russian military vessel twice violated the country’s territorial waters off the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm.

The incident happened when many Danish lawmakers were on the island for an annual gathering of politicians and lobbyists.

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