Bulgaria closes airspace to Lavrov’s plane due to sanctions — Foreign Ministry
SOFIA, June 6. /TASS/. Bulgaria refused to open an air corridor for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s aircraft due to the European Union’s sanctions, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
“Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry issued a note on June 1, 2022, refusing to give diplomatic permission for [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s flight to cross Bulgarian airspace. The move was based on the European Union’s sanctions on Russia, particularly a decision made by the Council of the EU on July 31, 2014, in addition to a decision dated February 25, 2022, which included Sergey Lavrov at number 670 in the list of individuals and entities sanctioned by the EU in accordance with Regulation 269/2014,” the statement reads.
Lavrov was expected to make a visit to Serbia on June 6-7. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Serbia’s neighbouring countries had closed their airspace to his plane.
TAP – Romania is hosting the Ukrainian air force. Hungary would probably help but has to be approached from Russia over Western Ukraine. Bulgaria is the only realistic choice. The only option for Russia now would be to take all of Ukraine and get access to Serbia via Hungary that way. It really is very stupid to cut off Serbia from Russia, making peace yet harder to achieve, to no advantage to anyone.
NATO needs Montenegro, North Macedonia for containing Russia — Lavrov
MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. NATO needs Montenegro, North Macedonia and other similar counties for containing Russia in Europe and for expanding the ‘anti-Russian stronghold’, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes.
“The situation has shown the real worth of Montenegro’s and North Macedonia’s membership of NATO, and why the alliance needs this sort of countries. It needs them for the sole purpose of punishing and containing Russia, expanding anti-Russian strongholds in Europe and creating threats and containment mechanisms,” Lavrov told an online news conference devoted to the international agenda on Monday.
He believes that the role of Montenegro and North Macedonia in NATO is that of “backstage extras.”
“Whose security have North Macedonia and Montenegro strengthened? In the meantime, as a tool of containing Russia, as backstage extras, they have coped with their role well enough,” Lavrov said.