Moscow is closing its airspace following a call by various European international locations to ban Russian flights.
Russia stated it was closing its airspace to flights from Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic in tit-for-tat punitive measures following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Air carriers of those states and/or registered in them are topic to restrictions on flights to locations on the territory of the Russian Federation, together with transit flights by way of the airspace of the Russian Federation,” the federal air transport company Rosaviation stated on Saturday.
The measure is ready to enter impact from 3pm native time.
A number of international locations, together with Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic, have closed their airspace to Russian carriers.
In the meantime, Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia on Saturday additionally stated they’d ban Russian flights.
“We invite all EU international locations to do the identical,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas tweeted, including, “There isn’t any place for planes of the aggressor state in democratic skies”.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa quoted Kallas’s tweet saying, “Slovenia will do the identical”.
Latvian Transport Minister Talis Linkaits additionally stated on Twitter that “Latvia will shut its airspace to Russian-registered airways for business flights,” including that the choice could be formally accredited on the subsequent cupboard assembly.
The UK has banned Russian flagship provider Aeroflot from flying over the UK.
Russia on Thursday had introduced the closure of its airspace for civilian flights on the western border with Ukraine and Belarus, whereas Ukraine closed its airspace to civilian flights and Europe’s aviation regulator additionally warned in opposition to the hazards of flying in areas bordering Russia and Belarus.
The strikes got here after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale navy invasion of Ukraine days after recognising two rebel-controlled areas of the jap Donbas area as unbiased entities.