Russia Restricts Flights of Airlines of 36 Countries in Response to Bans on Air Travels

Russia Restricts Flights of Airlines of 36 Countries in Response to Bans on Air Travels


Even Italian airlines will not be able to fly over Russia without specific authorization from the Moscow Foreign Ministry. Italy is in fact among the 36 countries affected by Russian counter-sanctions

Over the weekend, Western countries initiated new sanctions against Russia in connection with the Russian operation in Ukraine. European Union banned any Russian aircraft from landing, taking off or flying over the territory of the EU.

Russia, as a response to a ban the European states placed on the operation of flights of Russian aircraft, has limited the operation of flights via the airlines of 36 states, the Federal Air Transport Agency said.


“In accordance with the norms of international law, as a response to the ban of European states on the operation of flights of civil aircraft operated by Russian air carriers and / or registered in Russia, a restriction has been introduced on the operation of flights by the air carriers of 36 states,” the message says.

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As specified, the restrictions will affect the air carriers of the following countries: Austria, Albania, Anguilla, Belgium, Bulgaria, British Virgin Islands, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Denmark (+ Greenland, Faroe Islands, Territorial Sea), Jersey, Ireland, Iceland , Spain, Italy, Canada, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Estonia.

Flights from these countries can be performed with a special permit issued by the Federal Air Transport Agency or the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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This inevitable decision risks compromising even more the global financial crisis triggered on the stock exchanges by the conflict in Ukraine and having further serious repercussions on the energy front.

In fact, Russia has a territorial extension of 17.13 million km2, or almost double that of the USA 9.8 and China 9.7. This ban will lead to the change of multiple air routes with increased fuel costs and a new energy surge.

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On 21 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and on 24 February Russia launched a military operation to demilitarize Ukraine. In an address to citizens, Putin said that the circumstances “require decisive and immediate action,” as the Donbass republics asked for help.

In turn, the Russian Defence Ministry stressed that the Russian Armed Forces did not launch any strikes on the cities of Ukraine: military infrastructure was disabled by high-precision means.

In response, Western countries have imposed anti-Russian sanctions. EU announced the decision to close the airspace for Russian aircraft.

main source Sputnik International

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