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Moscow protests Romanian ban on Deputy PM's flight en route to Moldova

* The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday expressed strong protest to Romania in connection with the ban by Bucharest authorities on the entry of a Russian passenger plane carrying Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin into the Romanian airspace, sputnik.com informs.

The Romanian authorities did not allow earlier on Friday a scheduled passenger plane, in which Rogozin flew to Chisinau as a passenger, to cross the Romanian airspace, citing the fact that the Russian official was on sanctions list. The plane had to change course and land in Minsk.

According to the deputy prime minister himself, the decision of the Romanian authorities was a "demarche to the Moldovan president."

"In Moscow, this incident is viewed as a conscious provocation, which seriously damages bilateral relations," the ministry said in a protest note handed to Romanian acting Chargé d'affaires in Russia.

The ministry also urged the Romanian authorities "to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and to provide the Russian side with relevant explanations."

On Wednesday, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that Rogozin had confirmed his plans to visit Moldova despite proposals of country's authorities to cancel the visit as the delegation had reportedly planned to arrive in the European nation using the aircraft of Russia's Aerospace Forces.

Dodon criticized his government over the possible cancellation of Rogozin's visit as an unfriendly move.

The incident with Rogozin's flight to Moldova was not the only one involving Russian citizens that took place during the week. On Thursday, Moldovan authorities banned a group of Russians, including those heading to Transnistria to participate in the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the peacekeeping mission in the region, from visiting the country.

Romanian authorities have prevented a plane carrying Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin en route to Chisinau from flying over the county's territory, Russian Ambassador to Moldova Farit Mukhametshin told Sputnik Friday. "The Romanian authorities did not allow a passenger jet carrying Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to fly over Romania's territory. The aircraft was flying to Chisinau," Mukhametshin said.

The aircraft was forced to turn back, the Russian authorities will decide where it will land, the ambassador added.

According to the carrier, Romania has refused the entry of Russian S7 carrier plane into its airspace because Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is on a sanctions list, was on board.

"Regular flight S7-157 on route from Moscow to Chisinau was prohibited from entering the Romanian airspace by the Romanian air traffic control under the pretext of a sanctioned person being on board," the S7 company said.

According to the deputy prime minister himself, the decision of the Romanian authorities was a "demarche to the Moldovan president."

"This is also a demarche against the Moldovan president," Rogozin said.

The Russian official later said on Twitter that the Romanian authorities had endangered the lives of those on board of the plane.

"Just wait for the response," he added.