Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is not happy after he had to cancel a trip to Serbia because the airspace was closed by several neighboring countries.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine led to the West imposing a series of sanctions on Russia, among them the closed airspace.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held several scheduled meetings in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday, but was forced to cancel the flight as some of Serbia’s neighbors closed the airspace of the plane that was to take Lavrov to Serbia.
The Russian ambassador to Bulgaria confirmed that the Bulgarian authorities did not allow Lavrov to fly through the country’s airspace.
Montenegro and North Macedonia also closed their doors Airspace of the Russian Foreign Minister According to NTB. as a whole European Union Closed the airspace of Russian planes When Russia invaded Ukraine, Lavrov had no other choice but to advance.
During a press conference on Monday, Lavrov went too far after the incident and said they had yet to receive an explanation as to why the countries chose to close the airspace.
“The unthinkable has happened,” Lavrov said at an online news conference from Moscow.
He added that no one can destroy the relations between Russia and Serbia and that the Serbian Foreign Minister was invited to visit Moscow. Lavrov says he hopes the trip will go as planned.
He stressed that this deprives a sovereign state of the right to pursue its foreign policy.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova complained on Italian television, on Sunday, that several countries had closed their airspace.
The countries neighboring Serbia closed the only route that the plane could take to Serbia. The spokeswoman said the Russian delegation was planning to hold meetings in Belgrade, while the European Union and NATO countries closed their airspace.
Serbia has signed a new gas agreement with Russia, which is not part of the sanctions imposed on the country.
It was scheduled to meet Lavrov with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the agenda of the meeting to discuss supplying Serbia with Russian energy.
That won’t happen, but Vucic has previously said he will meet the Russian ambassador on Monday at 10 am.
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