Off the Wire

  • 1999-07-08
RUSSIANS DENY ILLEGAL ENTRY: Russian combat helicopters have not violated the Polish border, according to the chief navigator of Russia's Baltic Navy aviation force, Col. Sergey Chukichev. The denial followed a June 30 statement by Polish Defense Minister Janusz Onyszkiewicz that, "Russian combat helicopters had made an incursion into Polish territory, thus violating NATO airspace." The minister said that "Russia has failed so far to offer any explanation for the incident," which allegedly took place June 15. Chukichev explained that six Mi-24 combat helicopters had carried out a military ...
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