Russia Closes Its Skies for Ukrainian Airlines

Russia has stopped transit flights of Ukrainian airlines through its airspace to Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.

“There is one decision that the government has made: the matter concerns the termination of transit flights of Ukrainian airlines through Russian airspace to a number of countries, such as Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey,” RIA Novosti quoted Medvedev as saying on Thursday.

Ukraine will cope with Russia’s ban to carry out transit flights through its aviation area, Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko told reporters on Thursday.

“I think we will survive the Russian ban to fly across its territory. Moreover, it is dangerous,” Petrenko said.

In turn, member of the Georgian Parliament Giorgi Vashadze noted that with this kind of bans Russia isolates itself on the international scene, but does not hinder aircraft traffic. “It is an act which is done in agony. This is ridiculous,” Vashadze said.


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