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Newsline: Greek foreign ministry protests to Serbia, Ukraine over cargo plane crash

Greece has protested to Serbia and Ukraine for not being timely informed about the munitions cargo on board a Ukrainian aircraft which crashed near the northern city of Kavala on Saturday night, Greek diplomatic sources told Reuters on Monday. (https://news.yahoo.com/greece-protests-serbia-ukraine-over-145220176.html) The Antonov An-12 carrying 11.5 tonnes of defence products made in Serbia, including mortar and training shells, came down in a ball of flames, exploding on impact in corn fields at about 2000 GMT on Saturday. Its eight Ukrainian crew members were killed. The Greek foreign ministry has lodged a demarche with Ukraine’s ambassador in Athens over the need for Greece’s prior notice by Ukraine regarding the nature of the aircraft’s cargo, a Greek diplomatic source said. Greek diplomatic sources said earlier on Monday that Greece would also protest to Serbia for the same reason. Serbia’s foreign ministry was not immediately available for comment.

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