Russia to ban Ukrainian aircrafts from flying in its airspace

In response to sanctions imposed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Russia will close its sky to Ukrainian airlines starting October 25, 2015.

29 September 2015 15:13

The Russian Federation is going to take reciprocal action against Ukrainian sanctions and ban Ukrainian airlines from flying over its territory, says a statement published on the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation’s website.

“In accordance with the request of Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation has instructed the Federal Agency of Air Transport to send Ukrainian airlines conducting or planning to launch flights to destinations within the Russian Federation, the notice on terminating the use of Russian airspace starting October 25, 2015,” the statement says.

“It is a reciprocal action against the State Aviation Service of Ukraine, which unilaterally notified a number of Russian airlines about prohibition of air travels between Russia and Ukraine starting the winter navigation on October 25,” says the statement published on the Ministry’s website.

As a reminder: The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine banned the flights of Russian airlines, including Aeroflot and Transaero, to Ukraine and transit flights over the Ukrainian territory if they carry military goods, dual-use goods of Russian military starting on October 25, 2015.