Russian aircraft suspected of Finland airspace breach – again

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(Yle Uutisgrafiikka)
(Yle Uutisgrafiikka)
Finland’s Defence Ministry says a Russian government airplane is suspected of briefly violating Finnish airspace Monday afternoon at about 2.30 pm.

The suspected airspace incursion took place over Porvoo, some 50 kilometres east of Helsinki around 2.30 pm Monday afternoon.

Finland’s Border Guards are currently investigating the case.

Another suspected incursion by a Russian plane took place last Saturday. At that time officials believe, a Russian craft entered Finnish airspace west of Honkaniemi in eastern Finland.

Russia has denied that any of its aircraft penetrated Finnish skies Saturday.

Previous instances of Russian planes veering into the skies above Finland occurred at the end of May. At that time, two aircraft flew over southwest Finland on the same day. Finnish officials later determined that they were avoiding bad weather.

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