Border guards deny accusations of violating Belarus airspace
The State Border Guard Service has refuted accusations by Belarus authorities claiming a Ukrainian DA-42 patrol plane violated the airspace of Belarus.
Oleh Slobodyan, a spokesman for the agency, said, "Regarding a possible violation of the airspace of Belarus by the patrol aircraft of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine ... The DA-42 plane of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine on September 25 carried out a scheduled flight to monitor the state border in the area or responsibility of Chernihiv and Zhytomyr border detachments."
According to Slobodyan, the Belarusian side was warned in advance of the flights performed by the agency’s aircraft in the said sectors.
"The aircraft is equipped with a secondary location system, which allows air traffic control units to track the flight route of the aircraft. The UkSATSE air traffic control units observed the flight of the aircraft. According to their data, no violations of the state border have been recorded," the spokesman said.
Read alsoRussia's FSB reportedly lures Ukraine border service official's son into Belarus for dating"Ukraine Air Force’s electronic units observed the flight of the aircraft. There have been no violations of the state border recorded on their part. The aircraft is equipped with a modern GARMIN-1000 navigation system, which allows the crew to navigate with high accuracy," said Oleh Slobodyan.
Also, based on the objective control data by a AVIATRACKING system, no violations have been spotted.
"Of course, within the competence of the State Border Guard Service will once again check all technical documentation regarding the said flight, to achieve objective truth," said Slobodyan.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 28, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarusissued a statement accusing Ukraine’s DA-42 aircraft of violating its airspace.