Russian Deputy PM’s plane makes unscheduled landing in Budapest

Budapest, Dec 23 (IANS) A plane carrying Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin made an unscheduled landing in Budapest on Friday, Hungary’s news website reported.

The report said fog thwarted a landing in Chisinau, Moldova, where Rogozin was slated to attend the inauguration of Moldovan President Igor Dodon.

The plane was making a round-about approach to Chisinau through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania, since Ukraine closed its air space to Russian Aeroflot planes.

From Hungary, the plane apparently went on to Romania but was forced turn back to Budapest because of heavy fog in Chisinau, the report said.

Rogozin has been banned from entering European Union territory as part of Western sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis and may be forced to remain in the airport until his plane was ready for takeoff.

Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen was also scheduled to travel to Chisinau for the inauguration and was unable to do so because of the fog.