The measure is retaliation for the fact that airlines are using new routes to avoid flying over the airspace of Belarus.
European flights are being banned from landing in Moscow, a measure taken by Russia in retaliation for the fact that airlines are not flying over Belarusian airspace.
For the second consecutive day, Air France was forced to cancel the Paris-Moscow flight, something similar to what happened this Thursday also with Austrian Airlines, whose flight departing from Vienna towards the Russian capital had to be suspended for the lack of authorization to land.
According to The Guardian, it is not clear whether Moscow’s retaliation is temporary or whether it will continue. In adopting new routes, to avoid Belarusian airspace, Air France and Austrian Airlines follow the recommendation of the European aviation authority, EASA, following the incident involving the diversion of a Ryanair plane to Minsk, with the subsequent detention of journalist Raman Pratasevich and his Russian girlfriend, Sofia Sapega.
Other airlines, such as British Airways and KLM, have also resorted to new routes, with no problems to date to reach Moscow.
The European members of the UN Security Council and the United States, in a joint statement, demanded this Thursday the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to investigate “urgently” the circumstances of Sunday’s diversion of a commercial airplane in Belarus.
The declaration was approved at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, in which the signatories consider it to be an “unprecedented and unacceptable” incident and that those responsible must be “held accountable”.
Should Russia insist on retaliating, countermeasures may be considered, notably against the Russian airline Aeroflot.
Source: with Agencies