NATO country raises alarm over Russian drones violating its airspace

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.01 - 2023 12:25 PM CET

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NATO country raises alarm over Russian drones violating its airspace

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Romania has expressed concerns that Russian drone attacks targeting Ukrainian territory may have violated its airspace.

The attacks were aimed at infrastructure near the border with NATO member Romania.

The Romanian Defense Ministry indicated that their radar system detected a possible violation during the night.

The attacks were directed at Izmail in southwestern Ukraine, and air raid sirens were heard in the nearby Romanian municipalities of Tulcea and Galati.

Earlier in September, fragments of Russian drones were found in Romania, leading to the construction of shelters to protect the population.

Ukraine shot down 30 out of 40 Iranian-made Shahed drones aimed at its territory during the night. The Russian attacks targeted port infrastructure, among other things, along the Danube River.

Why are Romania raising alarm?

Raising alarm over the violation of Romania's airspace by Russian drones is not merely a procedural step; it carries significant implications for national security and regional stability.

Unauthorized drone activity can be seen as a provocative act, potentially serving as a precursor to more aggressive military maneuvers. It also puts Romania's defense capabilities to the test, challenging the country's readiness to respond to real-time threats.

Moreover, such incidents can strain diplomatic relations, not just between Romania and Russia, but also among NATO allies who are bound by treaty to defend one another.

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