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Poland bars overflight by Russia defense minister's plane

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and Black Sea fleet commander Vice Admiral Aleksander Vitko watch events to mark Victory day in Sevastopol May 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)

MOSCOW: Poland refused permission for a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to fly through its airspace while attempting to return from a visit to Slovakia, RIA news agency said Friday.

RIA said the minister's plane turned around and landed back in the Slovak capital Bratislava.

The reason for the reported incident was unclear. Poland has been one of the countries most critical of Russia's actions in the Ukraine crisis, accusing it of aggression against its neighbor.

 

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