Russia apologises for violating Finnish airspace
Friday, September 21, 2007
According to discussions on Thursday between Alexander Rumyantsev, Russian ambassador to Finland, and Finnish Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva, the incident was fully investigated by Russia. Russia has described it as an accident, and says that the conclusion of their investigations was that the incursion occurred because of a breakdown in communication between the crew of the Il-76 and air traffic control. This was caused by technical problems.
Russia has proposed expert talks with Finland and Estonia to attempt to prevent future incidents of this nature. Kanerva has expressed his satisfaction with the explanation and approval of the idea of specialist discussions.