Foreign Ministry Admits Russian Military Aircraft Passes Indonesian Airspace

A Russian strategic bomber Tu-95 MS. Photo: wikipedia

Jakarta, MINA- The news of Russia’s military exercises in Biak, Papua has, to be national and international concern, especially arousing Australian suspicion as a neighboring country of Indonesia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not been able to confirm the truth of the news and will seek information about it. However, the Foreign Ministry did not deny the news of the passage of Russian military aircraft in the airspace of Indonesia recently.

“Indeed I hear there are Russian aircraft that pass through our region, but I must check first about this,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Armanatha Nasir in a press conference with the media in Jakarta on Thursday

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A day earlier, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Wiranto admitted he had heard of the training so that it triggered Australian suspicion but had not contacted the two sides ..

Meanwhile, Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto declined to comment on this matter, saying it would first examine the available information.

The Australian Ministry of Defense has imposed a standby status at the air base in Darwin for suspecting Russia is conducting reconnaissance under the pretext of exercising in Papua.(L/R04/RS5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)