Russia will take down any civilian aircraft violated the border, PM said

MOSCOW, (BM) – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a government decree, which, in particular, allows the military to shoot down civilian aircraft that violated the Russian border and, without giving reasons, do not obey signals to land or leave the country’s airspace, learned citing

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The decision on the destruction of the offending vessel will be taken if there is information about the absence of passengers on it, the text of the document published on the official Internet portal of legal information says.

According to the decree, the military is allowed to shoot down offending vessels after a clear warning of the intention to open fire to kill or a warning shot.

The use of weapons to kill is possible in relation to the offending vessel, which continues to fly deep into Russia or to the most important objects of the state. It is also allowed to shoot down hijacked Russian aircraft without hostages who refuse to land.

The legislative design of these measures has been discussed for several years. In January 2019, the details of the draft relevant resolution developed by the Russian Ministry of Defense were released. The document was sent for interagency coordination.

In general, the issue of measures to combat air terrorism has been discussed in Russia since the mid-2000s.


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