Sergey Lavrov had planned to travel to meetings in Serbia today and tomorrow, but neighboring countries had other plans.
Serbian media previously reported that neither Bulgaria, Montenegro nor northern Macedonia allowed the Russian Foreign Minister to use their airspace on their scheduled flight to Serbia today.
In short; Bulgaria, Montenegro and northern Macedonia closed their airspace to Sergei Lavrov today, so meetings in Serbia had to be cancelled.
“Barely an hour ago, the countries around Serbia closed the natural airspace to Sergei Lavrov’s plane, which was heading towards Serbia,” the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said this morning. foreigners, Maria Zakharova, on Italian television.
The Russian delegation was due to hold talks in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and Russia is now labeling the refusal to fly as “hostile acts”. after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was denied a flight to Serbia.
– Such hostile actions against our country can create problems
– The unthinkable happened. This deprives a sovereign state of the right to pursue its own foreign policy, he stressed, Lavrov told an online news conference from Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia condemned the action.
“Such hostile actions against our country can create problems,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Most Western countries imposed sanctions on Lavrov and dozens of other senior Russian officials, as well as a flight ban on Russian planes due to the invasion of Ukraine.
Serbia, which has close cultural ties to Russia and depends on Russian oil, gas and weapons, has refused to join many of the Western sanctions imposed on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, despite its desire to join the EU since 2012.
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