A Russian cargo plane carrying nuclear fuel sent to two Slovak power plants arrived in the country on Tuesday.
“Volga Dnepr Airlines IL76 aircraft carrying nuclear fuel from the Russian Federation landed at Bratislava airport,” the Slovak Ministry of Economy announced.
Russian aircraft VDA5956 flew from Moscow via Belarus and then landed in Bratislava, which is said to be banned by NATO / EU / Poland / Slovakia airspace.https://t.co/u4Ys1HFd09 pic.twitter.com/koPcDvT1GW
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According to the Ministry, the Russian cargo plane flew over Belarusian territory and Poland.
Slovakia was one of the last EU countries to close its airspace to Russian aircraft.
53% of Slovakia’s energy
But in the case of this aircraft, he benefited from the exception provided for humanitarian assistance and nuclear fuel transport. The Polish Civil Aviation Office said Warsaw would also have to approve the trip.
Nuclear fuel will be used at two Slovak nuclear power plants, Mochovce and Jaslovske Bohunice, which currently receive only nuclear fuel of Russian descent.
By 2020, Slovak nuclear power plants will produce 53% of Slovakia’s energy.