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 Helicopter violates Finnish airspace from Russian territory

An unidentified helicopter violated Finnish airspace from the direction of the Russian border on Thursday morning.

According to Finnish Border Guards, the helicopter failed to respond to their radio calls, Censor.NET reports citing UpNorth news outlet.

The Border Guard suspects that that helicopter crossed the Finnish maritime border with Russia illegally.

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According to the Border Guard, the helicopter flew over the area of Haapasaari in the eastern region of the Gulf of Finland on Thursday morning at around 10 a.m. local time. The aircraft was warned twice by the Finnish Air Force, after which the helicopter exited the territory of Finland.

Finnish media reports that the aircraft flew nine miles inside the Finnish border. The illegal border crossing event lasted over six minutes.

Russian military aircraft have routinely violated Finnish airspace over the past 24 months and provoked discussions about Finnish membership in NATO.

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