Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s diplomatic trip to Serbia was recently thwarted after several European countries refused to allow his plane to cross their airspace. Moscow condemned their actions and was forced to postpone the minister’s visit.
A bomb disposal squad and emergency services have been deployed at the Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan, Armenia following an anonymous tip claiming that a bomb had been planted at the facility. Several groups of firefighters, rescuers and psychologists were also sent to the airport.
Following a sweep of the airport with a K-9 unit, the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations stated that no explosive device was found.
The anonymous tip about an explosive device was received soon after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s plane landed at Zvartnots airport. The minister arrived on a diplomatic visit during which he will meet with his Armenian counterpart, as well as the prime minister and the president.
Lavrov arrived in Yerevan following a trip to Ankara, Turkey, where he discussed restarting talks with Ukraine, ending the Russian special military operation, and matters regarding grain supplies from Ukrainian ports.
Prior to his visit to Turkey, Lavrov was set to travel to Serbia for a two-day diplomatic trip. However, the trip was thwarted after all of Serbia’s neighbours refused to open their airspace for the minister’s plane. Moscow harshly condemned their actions and said it was forced to postpone the visit. Serbia and Russia later announced that the Serbian minister is planning a trip of his own to Moscow.