Romania summons Russian envoy over drone debris

14 September, 01:35 AM
Flag of Romania (Photo:István Mihály / Pixabay)

Flag of Romania (Photo:István Mihály / Pixabay)

The Romanian Foreign Ministry has expressed protest and plans to summon the head of the Russian diplomatic mission after finding fragments of another Russian attack drone on Romanian soil, the ministry said on Sept. 13.

“… the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates its firm protest against the violation, once again, of Romania's airspace,” the message reads.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs firmly calls for an end to the repeated attacks against the Ukrainian population and civil infrastructure and the irresponsible escalation by the Russian Federation of the security situation, including at the border between Romania and Ukraine, and at the same time calls for compliance with the norms of international law, including the inviolability of airspace of Romania.”

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Bucharest also informed its NATO allies about the discovery.

Earlier on Sept. 13, Romania’s Defense Ministry reported that fragments of a UAV have been discovered in Romania following Russia’s nighttime attack on Odesa Oblast.

This is not the first time Russian drone debris has been discovered in Romania. More wreckage was discovered on Sep. 4, 2.5 kilometers southeast of the Romanian settlement of Plauru, after Russia carried out a massive aerial attack on southern Ukraine.

Initially, the ministry “categorically denied” information about the fall of drone fragments over its territory, stating that the Russian attack “never posed a direct military threat to the national territory or territorial waters of Romania.”

Following this, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, stated that Ukraine has photographic evidence of drones crashing in Romanian territory.

Angel Tîlvăr, Romania’s Minister of National Defense, subsequently acknowledged on Sept. 6 that parts of a drone launched by Russia over Ukraine had fallen on his country’s territory. As a result, Bucharest initiated an investigation and informed NATO command about the incident.

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis referred to the drone debris as a “serious violation of [Romania’s] sovereignty.”

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