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UK searches Aeroflot plane at Heathrow, accuses Russia

News Agencies | Updated on: 31 March 2018, 9:50 IST

Russia has accused the United Kingdom (UK) of searching its plane belonging to Aeroflot at London-based Heathrow Airport.

According to Russia's Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova the British authorities did not state a reason for the alleged search, which she branded as "the latest provocation," reported Sky News.

The Russian embassy in Britain, in a statement, said,"Border Force and Customs officers have searched the aircraft that was conducting the Aeroflot flights 2582 / 2583, Moscow - London - Moscow. This kind of event is extraordinary."

The UK has denied such allegations.

"We are aware of a story circulating on social media. Please be advised that Metropolitan Police are not conducting a search of an Airbus inbound from Moscow at Heathrow," The Metropolitan Police tweeted.

This comes when the bilateral relationship between both India and UK has strained over the spy row.


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First published: 31 March 2018, 9:50 IST