The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation called the ban on the flights of Russian aircraft illegal. This was stated today by Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia:
“Now the situation has become more complicated, including the absolutely illegal imposition of restrictions on flights, say, of our aviation in the western sky, let’s call it that.”
As our publication reported, the decision EU close the sky for Russian aircraft, said Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission. This measure may apply to any aircraft that are related to Russia:
“We are closing airspace to Russians. We are proposing a ban on all Russian-owned, Russian-registered, and Russian-controlled aircraft. These aircraft will not be able to land, take off, or fly over European Union territory. This will apply to any aircraft: personal, charter or otherwise under the control of a Russian entity or private person.”
In addition, the EU ordered leasing companies to withdraw their airliners from Russia. Western countries have imposed new large-scale anti-Russian sanctions in response to the fact that on February 24 Russia launched a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, writes Red Spring.