After a Russian military plane violated its airspace, Denmark and Sweden summoned Russian ambassadors.

After a Russian military plane breached their airspace, Denmark and Sweden summoned Russia’s ambassadors to their nations.

Russian planes entered Danish airspace on Friday evening, April 29, east of the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm, then entered Swedish territory, according to Danish and Swedish military authorities.

Russia’s decision comes only days after Finland and Norway announced plans to join NATO, the transatlantic military alliance, with NATO indicating that their membership may be approved as early as June.

On May 1, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced that Russia’s ambassador to Denmark had been summoned in connection with the spy plane incident, which he called “unacceptable.”

On Sunday, Kofod tweeted, “The Russian ambassador is summoned to the foreign ministry tomorrow.”

“A new breach of Danish airspace by Russia. This is completely inappropriate, and it’s especially concerning in light of the current situation,” he said.

The Russian ambassador would also be summoned to Stockholm, according to the Swedish foreign ministry.

“For this type of case, there are defined processes. It entails, among other things, calling the representative of the concerned country to the foreign ministry,” Sweden’s foreign ministry said in an email.

The violation of airspace prompted rapid retaliation in Sweden, with Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist telling local media that such action was “unprofessional” and “unacceptable” given the region’s heightened tensions as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The invasion by the “Russian AN-30 propeller plane” was tracked and documented, according to the Swedish defense ministry. This isn’t the first time Russia has infringed on Swedish airspace. Four Russian fighter planes breached Swedish airspace in early March.

The Russian reconnaissance plane flew in Danish airspace “for a very brief moment,” according to Henrik Mortensen, a press officer for the Danish Defence Command. “Immediately, two Danish F-16 fighter jets intervened.”

Since Moscow’s land, sea, and air offensive against Ukraine began on February 24, Nordic countries like Sweden and Finland have reconsidered their long-standing military neutrality and are considering joining NATO. Denmark is already a NATO member.

Finland and Denmark have been cautioned repeatedly by Moscow against joining NATO.

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