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Russia Restricts Airspace for Ukrainian Airlines

Published: August 8, 2014 (Issue # 1823)



  • The Kremlin has been threatening airspace restrictions since EU sanctions grounded a Russian airline.
    Photo: Oleg Belyakov / Wikimedia Commons

Ukrainian airlines will be banned from passing through Russian airspace on routes to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Turkey, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

Amid a counterattack on Western countries that have sanctioned Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, Medvedev also said U.S. and European airlines could be restricted from using Russia's trans-Siberian transit corridor on routes to Asia, Interfax reported.

"Of course, this is a very harsh measure, but one that should be mentioned," Medvedev was quoted as saying.

The airspace restrictions come days after EU sanctions nixed aircraft leasing and service agreements between European companies and Russian budget carrier Dobrolyot, forcing the airline out of business. The carrier was blacklisted because of its flights to Crimea, the annexation of which from Ukraine in March the EU considers illegal.

Medvedev was quoted by Interfax as saying that because of the measures, "Russian citizens had problems that we were forced to solve."

Media reports said earlier this week that Dobrolyot concluded a direct purchase deal for 16 airplanes with U.S. manufacturer Boeing, which is not beholden to European sanctions. The first planes are set to be delivered in 2017.





 


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Sunday, Nov. 23


Get in the holiday spirit at today’s Winter Bazzar at the Astoria Hotel. Featuring gifts from around the world such as French eclairs, Dutch cheeses and Indian jewelry, the annual event organized by the International Women’s Club will feature 18 international stands and raise money for charity through the sales of a diversity of products that further illustrate the city’s international connections.



Monday, Nov. 24


Dr. Axel Schulte, Department Head at Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund, Germany, is the featured speaker at the SPIBA Industrial Committee lecture on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Digitalization of the Supply Chain.” The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Graduate School of Management at 3 Volkohvsky Pereulok and registration is required by Nov. 21 either by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.



Tuesday, Nov. 25


Tag along with AmCham during their “Industrial St. Petersburg” Tour program today. This incarnation of the ongoing series will visit Philip Morris Izhora and include an Environmental Health and Safety Committee meeting.


Find out how to expand your business east during the “Business With China” forum beginning today and concluding tomorrow at the Lenexpo convention center. The largest Russian forum dedicated to business with the Asian giant, topics that will be discussed include logistics, customs clearance, trade financing and many more.



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