Russia to allow shooting down civilian airliners

Russia to allow shooting down civilian airliners

The Federation Council notes such practices exist in several states.

Shooting down of civilian airliners with passengers on board that would violate the country’s air frontier is going to become legal in Russia. Izvestia considered the governmental draft decree developed by the Ministry of Defense. The document is supposed to eliminate inconsistencies in the current legislation.

Fire is going to be opened against a violator only in case the aircraft’s premeditated crash may cause the environmental disaster, mass fatality and damage to strategic facilities. Before that, Russian military forces will repeatedly warn a malefactor about their intention.

The Federation Council notes such practices exist in several states. This measure is expected to prevent acts of terrorism and disasters, as well as minimise a number of possible victims.

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