The board abruptly changed course during the flight to the OSCE summit.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in the capital of Northern Macedonia Skopje to participate in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This was written by the Russian propaganda TASS news agency on November 30.
It is noted that Lavrov's plane flew over Turkey as well as Greece on its way to Skopje, although the route was previously planned via Bulgaria.
According to Flightradar24 flight tracking service, Lavrov's plane (RSD308) flew from Russia over the Black Sea, and then over the territory of Turkey and Greece before entering the airspace of Northern Macedonia, writes Russia's RBC.
Since the end of February 2022, the EU has completely closed EU airspace to the aggressor country Russian Federation, following its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Both Bulgaria and Greece are members of the European Union.
As indicated by TASS as well as Russia's Interfax, Bulgaria exceptionally allowed Lavrov's plane to use its airspace to fly over to Skopje, but demanded that Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, against whom the EU has imposed sanctions by banning entry to its territory, not be on board. Lavrov is also under EU sanctions but has not been imposed a travel ban to keep diplomatic channels open.
Zakharova said via Telegram on the night of November 30 that she was in Skopje.