Russian Air Force Maneuvers Threaten Civilian Air Service - NATO Secretary General

Russian warplanes are flying with disabled transponders, and their pilots do not contact the flight service, which endanger civil aviation.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated in an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Censor.NET reports citing Deutsche Welle.

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"Russian President Vladimir Putin has definitely contributed in fueling the conflict in the Donbas. We observed Russia once again was moving weapons, equipment, artillery, tanks and missiles across the border with Ukraine in recent days. President Putin has certainly violated the ceasefire agreement and the territorial integrity of Ukraine," he said.

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NATO Secretary General emphasized that there are no more trust-based partner relationships, built between Russia and NATO over the past years. "We must do our best to ensure the Ukrainian conflict from erupting into a new cold war," he said, adding that it is also in the interests of Russia. The security situation in Europe has changed significantly, Stoltenberg says, so NATO will have to increase military spending in the future. The Alliance cut costs in this area by 20 percent while Russia increased by 50 over the past five years, the interview reads.

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The NATO chief also pointed that the Russian air force maneuvers threaten the safety of passenger airliners and other aircrafts. In particular, Russian warplanes fly with their transponders disabled, and their pilots do not contact the flight service, which endanger civil aviation. NATO aircrafts have carried out more than 100 interceptions of the Russian aircrafts this year. It is three times more than during the entire year 2013.

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