Bulgaria Confirms Blocking Humanitarian Aid Flights From Russia to Syria

Foreign Ministry Said They Doubted Cargo Was Real

The Russian government is seeking clarification tonight after cargo aircraft which they reported to be carrying humanitarian aid were refused access to Bulgarian airspace, with the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry claiming unspecified “information” that Russia was lying about the cargo.

The move comes a day after the US confirmed asking neighboring Greece to block access to all Russian aid flights. Greece confirmed the request but said they hadn’t made any decisions on whether to accept the US request. Bulgarian officials didn’t say if the US asked them about the matter.

Russian officials expressed concerns about the possibility that the US was getting nations to block their aid flights, saying it raises questions about those nations exercising their sovereignty by making decisions about airspace if they are just following US orders.

Russian Deputy FM Mikhail Bogdanov insisted they’d never had problems getting aid flights through Bulgarian airspace before, and encouraged Bulgarian officials to contact them if they had any doubts about the legitimacy of the cargo on those flights instead of just banning them outright.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.