The ever-quotable Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's deputy prime minister, did not take kindly to being banned from Romania's airspace earlier today. On his way back from visiting the pro-Russian breakaway region Transdniestria in Moldova, Rogozin's plane was reportedly turned away as it headed toward Moscow.
The head of the Military-Industrial Commission and special envoy of President Putin, Rogozin is currently being sanctioned by the United States and the European Union. After being barred, he threatened to return to Romania. On a bomber plane. Here was the tweet:
Upon US request, Romania has closed its airspace for my plane. Ukraine doesn't allow me to pass through again. Next time I'll fly on board TU-160."
As Reuters pointed out "the supersonic Soviet-era TU-160 is Russia's largest strategic bomber."
Rogozin, who also holds a PhD., made some headlines earlier this month with his classic reaction to the latest round of American sanctions against Russia. Again, taking to Twitter, he offered:
"After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the USA bring their astronauts to the International Space Station using a trampoline."
The Romanian foreign ministry has asked for a clarification to Rogozin's comments about the fighter plane, noting that it "believes the threat of using a Russian strategic bomber plane by a Russian deputy prime minister is a very grave statement under the current regional context."
Rogozin responded :
Well, Sirs from Romania, we'll soon explain it all to you - who you are and what we think of you— Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) May 10, 2014