British authorities have rejected Russia’s criticism about searching an Aeroflot passenger plane at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday, saying it was a routine border inspection action.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said in a statement on Saturday that checking planes at airports are normal to prevent the entry of harmful substances or arms into the United Kingdom.
“It is routine for Border Force to search aircraft to protect the UK from organized crime and from those who attempt to bring harmful substances like drugs or firearms into the country,” said the statement.
Wallace said the Russian passenger plane had no problem to continue its flight after authorities carried out the checks.
“Once these checks were carried out the plane was allowed to carry on with its onward journey,” he said.
Russia’s Embassy in Britain said that British authorities had provided no justifications for searching the Aeroflot at Heathrow while…