2014-10-30 08:57:00

Russia increases activity over European airspace

(Vatican Radio) The NATO military alliance says it has seen an "unusual" increase in Russian military aircraft conducting maneuvers over European airspace over the last two days. NATO fighter jets have intercepted Russian war planes at a time of growing tensions between the West and East over Ukraine and a halt in Russian natural gas deliveries to that nation. 

Russia on Wednesday dismissed EU warnings that it would not recognize local elections organized by pro-Russian separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine, saying that the rejection of the vote could derail a fragile cease-fire deal. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that the elections – scheduled for this Sunday – would violate a cease-fire agreement reached in Minsk last month. Click below to hear the report from correspondent Stefan Bos

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