India buys MiG-29s; Israel uses Sudan airspace; Refugees want open borders
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on March 17 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
India likely to buy additional batch of Russian MiG-29 fighter jets — official
India is very much likely to buy an extra batch of Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said on Monday.
“There is a high probability that we will have an additional order for MiG-29 fighter jets,” he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.
India currently has more than 60 MiG-29 aircarft.
According to Shugayev, Russia has good chances to take part in India’s tender for the purchase of 110 fighter jets that is to be announced soon. It was reported earlier that the Russian side planned to take part in this tender with its MiG-35 fighter jets.
Sudan allows flights to Israel to use its airspace for the first time
Sudan has for the first time allowed flights travelling to Israel to use its airspace, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously expressed interest in opening Sudanese airspace as it would almost three hours off flight times from Israel to South America, the fourth most popular destination for Israelis.
The move comes after a controversial meeting last month between Netanyahu and the interim leader of Sudan, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, which caused widespread uproar over the perceived normalisation of ties between the two countries.
Al-Burhan heads Sudan’s Sovereignty Council, a transitional institution that includes representatives of the military and civilian protesters that put an end to Omar Al-Bashir’s 30-year rule last year.
The air corridor has been the most prominent development discussed publicly by both sides and an initial approval to fly over its territory was given only two days after the meeting, according to Daily Sabah.
Asylum seekers protest for Athens to open its border
Asylum seekers at the Turkish and Greek borders on Monday staged a protest to push Athens to allow safe passage into European territory.
While their waiting continues in Turkey’s northwestern Edirne province, asylum seekers carried signs saying “We are human” and “We need help” near Greece’s Kastanies border gate.
In the two weeks since asylum seekers were able to reach the border, nearly 2,500 have been wounded by Greek border guards using disproportionate force and violence.
Last month, Turkey opened its borders for asylum seekers seeking a way to Europe, accusing the EU of failing to keep promises under a 2016 migrant deal.
Ankara also warned that due to incessant attacks on civilians in Idlib, Syria, a million refugees are moving toward Turkey’s borders.
With 3.7 million Syrian migrants in Turkey already, more than any other country in the world, Ankara says it cannot absorb another refugee wave.
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Source: MEMO, TASS, Anadolu