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European, Russian airspace bans echo those of Cold War


European, Russian airspace bans echo those of Cold War

For now they are having little effect, but this could change if EU follows lead of UK and central and eastern Europe

Anthony Palazzo and Yuliya Fedorinova

Russian airlines have been barred from flying over several European countries, shutting off carriers such as Aeroflot from the shortest routes heading west. 

Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia prohibited Russian planes from landing or overflying their airspace on Saturday, joining Poland, Bulgaria, Moldova, the Czech Republic and the UK, which earlier issued similar declarations in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In Germany, transport minister Volker Wissing ordered preparations to close the nation’s airspace to Russian planes, while Lufthansa said it wouldn’t fly to or across Russia for seven days...

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