14:18 GMT20 June 2021
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    Moscow is waiting for explanations from Sofia following the closure of the Bulgarian airspace for Russian transport planes carrying humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry confirmed earlier on Tuesday that it had banned Russian military transport planes carrying supplies to Syria from entering the country's airspace until September 24, citing concerns over "the purpose of the flights and the cargo."

    Peskov stressed that Moscow would not comment on Bulgaria's claims that the supplies could be of military nature.

    The Greek Kathimerini newspaper said earlier in the day that Sofia’s decision would force Moscow to re-route its supply deliveries to Syria through Iran.

    Greece itself is under pressure from the United States to restrict its airspace to Russian aircraft traveling to Syria.

    On Saturday, the US embassy appealed to Athens with a request to prohibit the flights of Russian aircraft providing aid to Syria, however, Greece refused to do so, a source told RIA Novosti.


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