Ukraine FM says 32 countries already closed airspace to Russian planes

28 February 2022, 11:26 AM

Thirty-two countries have already closed their airspace to Russian air carriers, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Facebook on Feb. 28.

“Russia has been thrown from the sky. Almost all European and North American skies are already closed to Russian airlines. A total of 32 countries have closed the sky to Russians,” he wrote.

Earlier, Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, announced during a briefing that EU airspace would be fully closed for Russian air travel.

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The Ukrainian foreign minister added that another “very important country for the Russian rich” would also close its airspace for Russian flights in the near future.

The United States and the European Union have already announced several packages of sanctions against Russia.

In particular, part of Russian banks will be removed from the SWIFT global financial payment system. Sanctions are also being imposed against the Russian Central Bank.

On Feb. 27, a plane of the Russian airline Aeroflot, flying from Moscow to New York, was forced to turn around over the Atlantic Ocean and return to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

The EU has also stated that Russian media outlets such as RT and Sputnik would be banned, and sanctions were being prepared against Belarus for dictator Alexander Lukashenko’s participation in the Russian war against Ukraine.

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