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The Belarusian Foreign Ministry summoned the Polish charge d’affaires over the helicopter incident



The Belarusian Foreign Ministry summoned the Charge d’Affaires of Poland, Martin Wojciechowski, in connection with the violation of the republic’s air border by a Polish helicopter, reported on the department’s website.

“A strong protest was lodged with the Polish diplomat in connection with yet another violation of the airspace of the Republic of Belarus by a Polish helicopter on September 28, which was recorded by means of objective control,” the statement says.

Denial or hushing up of what happened on the part of Warsaw will look ridiculous, Minsk believes. The Belarusian side, as noted, demanded to objectively investigate the incident and inform about the results.

On the evening of September 28, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus reportedthat a Polish helicopter twice violated the country’s state border. The first time the aircraft flew 1.5 km deep, the second – 300 m. The information was confirmed by objective control data. Because of what happened, Belarus raised aircraft on duty.

Warsaw denied this information. In the command of the Polish Armed Forces statedthat flight control and radar records show that there was no violation of Belarusian airspace. They also added that “despite provocations” they comply with all provisions and rules regarding the inviolability of borders.

On September 1, a Polish military helicopter Mi-24, flying at an extremely low altitude, crossed the state border, went to a depth of 1200 m, and then returned back. After this, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry conveyed to the charge d’affaires “an urgent request to Warsaw to take measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

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