Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin says Ukraine, Romania ban his flight

Russian Presidential Representative for Transdniestria, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is paying a visit to Tiraspol, says Ukraine and Romania have not allowed his plane to fly through their airspace.

"Romania has closed its airspace to my plane on the orders from the United States. Ukraine again denies entry. Next time I will fly a Tupolev Tu-160," Rogozin tweeted on Saturday.

The vice-premier posted the Ukrainian denial on Facebook. "Airline RusJet (RSJ) will not be issued flight permits due to the flagrant violation of rules regulating the use of the Ukrainian airspace, i.e. landing in the closed airport Simferopol," the text runs.

As reported earlier, Ukraine did not let Rogozin's plane pass through its airspace on May 8. "It appeared that the flight to Chisinau takes 4.5 hours. Via Bulgaria and Romania. Ukraine does not let us pass through its airspace. It is good that Ukraine is not Russia or the detour would have taken 20 hours," Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

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