Foreign countries pay disproportionately much attention to Russian military planes and ships appearing near the borders of the Baltic countries, forgetting and ignoring the fact that sea and aerial communication routes are the only ways to supply cargos from mainland Russia to the Kaliningrad region, Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov said in an interview with BNS.
"There is also the railroad, but it crosses territories of a number of countries, which produces difficulties involving border and customs control. Therefore, even in the former times, including the Soviet times, cargos to Kaliningrad were delivered this very way, and this means also that military ships and planes supply Kaliningrad-based military units. At the same time, each country having military planes maintains them properly. Therefore, you have to know how to fly them and perform all the necessary functions," Veshnyakov said.
Russia does not violate the international law during such flights, he said.
"As concerns the criticism that the planes fly without switching on their transponders, military planes flying within corridors not crossing civilian routes absolutely don't have to do that, according to international standards," he said.
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