Russia claims EASA’s decision (the European Aviation Safety Agency) to resume flights near Crimea and hand over control over air traffic to Ukrainian flight dispatchers is ‘politically motivated’, reports the press service of Rosaviatsiya.

“It is obvious that EASA’s recommendation is a purely politically motivated decision, which fails to reflect the actual technical capabilities of Ukrainian air traffic control services and thus jeopardizes flight safety in the region. Flight safety should not be sacrificed to politically motivated decisions,” says a statement posted on Rosaviatsiya’s website.

According to Rosaviatsiya’s officials, they will not hand over control over air traffic in the flight area around Simferopol to Ukrainian flight dispatchers.