(QHA) -

A low-cost airline Dobrolyot, run by Russian national carrier Aeroflot, suspends all flights over the European Union’s sanctions.

The EU announced punitive measures on the airline, Dobrolyot (Good Flight), in late July when it expanded its list of sanctions on Russia to 95 people and 23 organizations subject to travel bans and asset freezes.

Dobrolyot began operations in June, carrying out its maiden flight to Simferopol, the capital of Crimea that was annexed by Russia in March. It currently serves seven other cities in Russia.

"Following cancellation of a lease agreement for Boeing 737-800 planes because of sanctions introduced by the EU against Dobrolyot, we are forced to temporarily halt flights on all routes as of Aug. 4,"- reads the statement on company’s website.

The Dobrolyot flights were launched amid the decision of European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation Eurocontrol to ban all the European air companies flying to Crimea, following the annexation.

QHA