Russia says its warplanes followed intl practice during flight over Lithuania
The Ilyushin Il-76 is a Soviet-era heavy lift transport craft. This was a very successful design, and has been used extensively by civilian cargo enterprises throughout the world.
Moscow said on Wednesday that two Russian military aircraft violated Lithuanian airspace in late September in order to avoid a storm, which was in line with international rules.
According to the Russian embassy in Vilnius, the two IL-76 transport aircraft flew over Lithuania's territorial waters en route to Kaliningrad with permission from Lithuanian air traffic controllers.
"The deviation by the Il-76 crews from the planned flight route was conducted under the gui