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Russia to update law allowing shoot-down of passenger aircraft if it poses disaster-level threat

The Russian defense ministry wants to confirm its authority to shoot down planes that violate the country’s airspace and threaten a major disaster or loss of life, including hijacked airliners. A draft government decree prepared by the Russian military would change the rules of engagement for aircraft violating the border, which were last reviewed in 1994. The old document explicitly bans an attack on a plane, if it’s known to have passengers or hostages on board. The new document, which passed the stage of public feedback this week, would eliminate the ban and allow taking down aircraft that pose a credible threat to lives or a major environmental disaster and streamlines the procedure for how such use of lethal force can be obtained and implemented.

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