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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, Jan. 25


Get out your running shoes for the 46th International Road of Life Marathon. Dedicated to the end of the blockade, three runs are offered — 5, 21 and 42 kilometer runs — starting in different places outside the city. Busses leave from 13/1 Arsenalnaya Naberezhny at 8 a.m. but check complete details and registration fees on www.newrunners.ru/race/doroga-zhizni-2015



If you are planning a wedding, head over to the Azimut Hotel, 43/1 Lermontovsky Prospekt from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day includes live music, free dance classes and vendors selling wedding dresses, accessories, cakes and services to help make your special day perfect. Admission is free.



Monday, Jan. 26


Feeling stressed by the crisis? The Northwest Coach University at 3 Ulitsa Vostsstanaya is hosting a master class by lifecoach Tatiana Almazova. She will shed light on the coaching process, the usefulness of coaching during times of economic downturn and how coaching can improve your career and business prospects. The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Pre-register by calling 424 3700.



Discover the State Hermitage Museum's collection of English painting at a lecture by art historian Yelizaveta Renne at the Prince Galitzine Library, 46 Nab. Reki Fontanki. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the lecture will be followed by a concert of arias, songs and duets by English composer Henry Purcell. The event is free of charge.



Tuesday, Jan. 27


Celebrate the 71st anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad on Palace Square with a free concert at 7 p.m. Listen to WWII-era songs and the poetry of Olga Bergholz while you peruse outdoor exhibitions dedicated to life during wartime. The event is capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.



Stop by the Lexica School of Foreign Languages at 73 Ligovsky Prospekt from now until Friday for a free English lesson. The classes start at 7 p.m. and cover all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Registration by telephone on 7641692 and a desire to improve your skills are the only prerequisites.







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