Maria Zakharova, the official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, confirmed that the plane of Minister Sergei Lavrov was denied permission to fly in the airspace of the countries surrounding Serbia.
Earlier, the Serbian newspaper Večernje novosti reported that Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Montenegro had refused to provide an air corridor for Lavrov's plane that had been supposed to head to Serbia on June 6.
The outlet notes that Ana Brnabić, head of the Serbian government, announced on Sunday, June 5, that the situation with Lavrov’s arrival in Belgrade was "extremely complicated" and that Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić was in charge of all the logistics.
Vučić said earlier last week that an agreement had been reached on Lavrov's visit, but the situation would not be completely clear until everything was decided for sure.
Zakharova reported that Lavrov would visit Serbia on June 6-7. "A meeting with the President of this country, negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Chairperson of the National Assembly, and the Patriarch of Serbia are planned," she said at a briefing on June 3.
The document of the Montenegrin authorities banning the overflight of Lavrov's plane