Russia orders Lebanon to shut its air space for three days due to naval exercise

By REUTERS
November 20, 2015 18:30

 
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Russia has told Lebanese authorities it wants to conduct a three-day naval exercise which could affect civilian flights in Lebanese airspace, Lebanon's National News Agency said on Friday.

Russia has said it wants the maneuvers to start at midnight local time and to last three days, the NNA said, citing a telegram from the Russian navy.

A Russian defense ministry official in Moscow declined any immediate comment. Russia has been carrying out air strikes against rebels opposed to its ally President Bashar Assad in Syria, Lebanon's neighbor, for nearly two months.

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