Greece sends PROTEST NOTE to Serbia because of crash of weapon-carrying plane
Greece will file a protest note with Serbia for failing to timely inform this country about the weapons in the Ukrainian plane that crashed near the town of Kavala at the north of the country on Saturday night, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
Antonov An-12 plane, which transported 11.5 tons of weapons and military equipment produced in Serbia, including mortars and training shells, fell in flames, exploding on impact into corn fields at about 8 pm on Saturday night. Eight Ukrainian crew members were killed, according to Radio Free Europe (RFE).
Earlier, the pilot reported an engine problem and he was given permission to make an emergency landing in Kavala. However, the plane ‘s signal was lost shortly after the call at 7.42 pm.
Photos from the scene show debris from the plane. The aircraft was operated by the Ukrainian cargo airline Meridian.
Serbian Defence Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on Sunday morning that the weapons that the plane was carrying were produced by Serbia’s defence industry. The plane took off on Saturday at 6.40 GMT from Nis, Serbia. The buyer was the Ministry of Defence of Bangladesh.
“The Greek ambassador to Belgrade will soon issue a démarche that Serbia should have previously informed Greece about the nature of the cargo,” a diplomatic source said.