Russia has banned flights from 36 countries in retaliation for a ban on Russian flights over European Union airspace.
Russia announced in a statement on Monday (February 28th) that it had imposed restrictions on flights to 36 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy and Canada.
Earlier, European Union countries banned “Russian-owned”, “Russian-registered” or “Russian-controlled aircraft” from their airspace. In retaliation, Russia announced that no government or private aircraft would be allowed to enter Russia’s airspace.
Earlier, the United Kingdom, a former member state of the European Union, imposed a ban on any Russian flights within its borders. Following in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, the European Union announced that it was closing its airspace to Russia.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov could not travel to Geneva to attend a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.