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Colombia accuses Russia of violating airspace

Nov. 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

BOGOTA, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accused Russia of violating Colombian airspace twice with military bomber jets.

Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Holguin sent a note to Russian officials saying two Russian Tupelov-160s -- also known as Blackjacks -- flew through Colombian airspace Friday, Colombia Reports said.

"The situation with the Russian bombers is this: On Friday, two Russian bombers flew from Venezuela towards Nicaragua, and while they did so, they flew through Colombian airspace. As they were state military planes, they should have asked if they could fly through. They did not ask our permission. In that moment we simply asked our Foreign Ministry to send a note to Russia," Santos said Tuesday.

Russian officials said the planes were flying within international airspace laws before returning to Russia where they were grounded, the newspaper said.

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