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Russian Military Seeks Permission to Shoot Down Passenger Planes


28 May 1987

Russia intends to give blanket permission for the defense of Russian airspace. Their reasoning?

“Sadly, people on the plane will die, but this will prevent a more terrible catastrophe,” Russia’s pro-Kremlin Izvestia daily quoted Senator Frants Klintsevich as saying Friday.

I’m quite certain Russia has a history of invading airplanes and drones.  No?  Not since 19-year old Matias Rust on 28 May 1987. 

So why would the Russian draft pass such a risky rule for the Russian military?  Once it has been ascertained that no hostages are on board, the air defenses of Russia can engage. Perhaps. It speeds up response time.  Perhaps. It ensures safety for Russia. Perhaps. 

This appears to be a blanket approval resulting from a deliberate discussion, in peacetime, for what may be a very stressful decision for an air defense commander during a crisis of extreme tension. 

Why now?  That is the million dollar question.  

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Russian Military Seeks Permission to Shoot Down Passenger Planes

Jan. 11 2019 – 14:01

The Russian Defense Ministry has drafted new rules that would grant the military permission to shoot down hijacked passenger jets.

Current legislation contains conflicting clauses both allowing the military to fire at civilian aircraft hijacked by terrorists and banning shooting down planes that violate the Russian border if passengers are on board.

If the Defense Ministry’s rules are approved, the Russian military would be able to shoot down passenger jets that “refuse to obey commands to land,” according to the ministry’s draft regulations that were submitted for public debate.

“Sadly, people on the plane will die, but this will prevent a more terrible catastrophe,” Russia’s pro-Kremlin Izvestia daily quoted Senator Frants Klintsevich as saying Friday.

Klintsevich added that the new regulations are a needed measure practiced in “many other countries.”

Russian aircraft on duty will warn the target via either “visual signals” or “warning shots” before engaging it, the draft rules state.

According to the submitted document, an order to take down non-responsive planes will apply if “there is a real risk of people’s death or an environmental accident, including the direct threat of an air attack on critical infrastructure.”

Hijacked planes are allowed to be attacked if there are no hostages on board, the draft rules say. Intruding warplanes and drones that ignore signals to leave Russian airspace will likewise be shot down.

“The new document should eliminate [legal] contradictions,” Izvestia cited military expert Vladislav Shurygin as saying.

The regulations are expected to enter into force next month, according to the draft document.

Source: https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-military-seeks-permission-to-shoot-down-passenger-planes-64110

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