Latvia refutes Belarus airspace violation allegation

The Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) have refuted an allegation by the Belarus regime that one of its aircraft violated Belarusian airspace.

The NBS said that though a small An-2 plane had indeed been patrolling the border area to monitor illegal crossing attempts, at no point did it enter Belarusian airspace. It also released an image with the flightpath of the plane plotted on it based on GPS data.

On February 8, the Belarusian State Border Guard released information via the official regime news agency "Belta" claiming that the Latvian Air Force An-2 had crossed 300 meters into the territory of Belarus before returning to Latvia.

Official Latvian NBS news website Sargs.lv, said "The National Armed Forces call on the population and the media to objectively assess the information provided by the Belarussian regime and the videos released."

Meanwhile the Belarusian regime continues its state-backed international people-trafficking operation at the EU's external border in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. On February 7 alone, 43 illegal border crossing attempts were repulsed by Latvian border guards.

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