On Thursday RIA Novosti was informed by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry that no aircraft entered the area where Ukrainian air defense forces were conducting exercises. The military department representatives stressed that immediately after receipt of the information regarding the Russian TU-154 aircraft accident, Ukrainian air traffic control services of air defense forces checked the zone of exercises and adjoining areas. The Ministry indicated that the whole area of today's exercises of air defense forces was closed. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry representatives stated that yesterday all airline air traffic controllers whose flights were passing in the vicinity of the exercises area were noticed in advance about their conduct. In particular the notice stated the conduct of anti aircraft missile complexes firing practice. As regards the Russian TU-154 aircraft, the Ministry stressed, the firing practice sector and missile launches range were not coinciding with the aircraft route and its crash point.
The Bulgarian authorities made a stupid and absurd decision when they did not let a government flight with official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova on board fly to North Macedonia