MOSCOW, February 21 – RIA Novosti. Former Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea Boris Babin explained why Kiev allowed NATO aircraft to fly over Crimea. His words are quoted by “Observer.” “We say: dear NATO members, if you want to fly over the Black Sea, then we will allow you to do this,” Babin said.
In his opinion, “according to international law, this is the zone of responsibility of Ukraine,” and before the entry of the peninsula into Russia, “virtually all the waters of the Black Sea were the zone of responsibility of the Simferopol airport.” This means that aircraft do not need to fly over Crimea to interact with the Ukrainian air navigation system UkSATSE.
Babin explained that this is not about the fact that Kiev invites NATO aircraft to fly over Crimea, but only allows it to do so. However, he suggested that the alliance's planes would not fly closer than 12 miles to the peninsula.
Earlier, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krykliy proposed using the airspace over Crimea for NATO operations to transport troops, equipment and cargo.
In this regard, the deputy head of the State Duma Defense Committee, Yuri Shvytkin, noted the lack of independence of the Kiev authorities in foreign policy. He called Ukraine “henchman” of the United States and stressed that Russia would not ignore these statements. The country has sufficient potential for the enemy to “break off his teeth” in the event of aggression, Shvytkin added.