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Chinese cargo plane makes suspicious landing in Moscow

On Saturday, June 29, a Chinese military transport aircraft, the Y-20 with tail number 20248, made a landing in Moscow, Russia.

The appearance of this aircraft, capable of transporting military cargo, raises concerns amid Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine.

Reports of the aircraft’s landing in Russia have been circulating on aviation tracking websites. However, there has been no official statement regarding the purpose of the plane’s visit to Moscow. According to FlightRadar24, the aircraft’s flight path included Altaiski Krai, Tyumen, Yekaterinburg, and Kazan, with a detailed flight map published on the site.


Western intelligence sources have previously stated that there is no evidence of direct military supplies from China to Russia. Nonetheless, Beijing is known to provide Moscow with dual-use goods, which are used in Russia’s military industry for weapons production.

The Y-20’s presence in Moscow is notable given the geopolitical context. The aircraft, designed for heavy-lift transport, can carry substantial military equipment and personnel. This has led to speculation about the nature of the cargo it delivered or picked up.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more