MOSCOW Aug 24 Russia's defence ministry has
denied that a Russian aircraft entered Finnish airspace, local
media quoted the ministry as saying on Sunday.
Finland's defence ministry said a day ago it suspected a
Russian state aircraft briefly entered its airspace over the
Gulf of Finland without permission on Saturday afternoon.
According to Russia's ministry, a military transport plane
of its Baltic fleet made a planned flight on Aug. 23 from its St
Petersburg region to Kaliningrad, a western exclave of Russia
bordering Poland and Lithuania.
"The flight was going on a strictly fixed route," Interfax
news agency quoted an unnamed representative of Russia's defence
ministry as saying. "The plane did not deviate from its air
route during the flight..."
Finland shares a 1,300-km (800-mile) border with Russia and
generally maintains cordial relations with Moscow.
(Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Stephen Powell)