Russia imposes retaliatory sanctions against Ukrainian airlines

The corresponding order was given to the Russia’s Transportation Ministry by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

28 September 2015 17:18

Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Transportation Ministry to consider retaliatory sanctions against Ukrainian airlines. These moves have been triggered by the Kiev's decision to close its airspace to Russian commercial airlines flying to Ukraine, reported TASS citing Natalya Timakova, the press-secretary of the Russian Prime Minister.

- Medvedev instructed the Transportation Ministry to consider the introduction of retaliatory measures against Ukrainian airlines, reports the press service of the Prime Minister.

Sept. 28, State Aviation Service of Ukraine has issued an order to ban Russian flights and notified Russia about the sanctions imposed. The airlines that fall under measures received official letters with the notice.

Sept. 26,  the Transportation Ministry of the Russian Federation represented by Maxim Sokolov said that in case Kiev introduces sanctions Russia would take retaliatory measures against two Ukrainian airlines. The minister called Ukraine’s moves a "shot in the foot," and underscored that Ukraine "drives its own citizens into transport isolation within Europe." The Kremlin has called the Kiev’s decision "another act of madness."

According to State Aviation Service of Ukraine, the Russian airlines that hit Ukrainian ban list will be denied access to the Ukrainian airspace from Oct.25, according to the decision by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The government also banned the transit flights by the Russian Federation across the territory of Ukraine if they carry military double-purpose hardware or troops. 21 Russian airlines have ended up being on the list.