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Turkey denies blocking airspace for Bosnian Serb leader

Turkish Foreign Ministry says the permission will be given to the president of Republika Srpska entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, upon request

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected news reports suggesting Turkey will not allow a Bosnian Serb politician to travel to Armenia through its airspace, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The news reports claiming that the plane carrying to Armenia the president of Republika Srpska entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, is not permitted to use Turkish airspace does not reflect reality,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said Wednesday.

Bosnian authorities have not requested Turkey to use its airspace for the concerned plane for Dodik, Bilgic said.

He said that the Turkish authorities had recently given permission to use Turkish airspace to a private plane that wanted to travel from Bulgaria to Yerevan, the Armenian capital. “But despite the fact that the plane got the permission, it was understood that it didn’t use the Turkish airspace,” he added.

But, Bilgic added that there was no inhibition on this issue, and that Dodik could use the Turkish airspace to go to Yerevan upon his request.

“The permission to fly overhead will naturally be given,” he said.

Milorad Dodik is expected to visit Yerevan to participate in the events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

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