Agerpres.ro reports that Tiraspol air defense is brought to combat readiness at the order of the leader of the Transnistrian separatists Yevgeny Shevchuk. This statement was made by the Transnistrian Ministry of Defence.
"As a result of the continuing violations of the airspace of the Moldavian Transnistrian Republic (MTR) by a foreign aircraft, we brought our air defense systems to alert status and placed them on the firing positions to prevent attack. These was made in order to stop the unauthorized flights, said the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the unrecognized MTR .
Tiraspol claims that made this decision after the unauthorized flights in the period from 4 to 27 of April in the airspace of the breakaway republic. The flights were performed by the aircraft of type Diamond DA-42 Twin Star, registered in Romania.
At the meeting chaired by Yevgeny Shevchuk, the co-chairman of the Joint Control Commission (JCC) from Tiraspol Oleg Belyakov said that the flights were carried out from the romaninan city Yashi on the initiative of Chishinau. During these flights there was made an aerial photography of the territory of Transnistria, including the military installations.
Thus, the Transnistrian side has initiated an emergency meeting of the Joint Control Commission. At the meeting Belyakov said that "Moldova unilaterally continues to carry out unauthorized flights in the airspace of the buffer zone, including Transnistria."
The JCC is an organization of trilateral cooperation for peace in the region, represented by the the military command from Moldova, Transnistria and Russia.