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Czechs, Poland, Bulgaria to shut airspace to Russian flights

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Earlier Friday the Polish airline LOT had already halted flights to Moscow and Saint Petersburg

Earlier Friday the Polish airline LOT had already halted flights to Moscow and Saint Petersburg

The Czech Republic, Poland and Bulgaria every mentioned Friday they’d shut their airspace to flights by Russian carriers in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ranging from midnight.

Earlier Friday the Polish airline LOT had already halted flights to Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

“As of midnight today, we are halting the traffic of all Russian airline companies in Czech airspace,” Czech Transport Minister Martin Kupka tweeted.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki mentioned on Facebook that Poland was additionally getting ready such a decision.

“The ban will apply from midnight,” Polish authorities spokesman Piotr Muller later mentioned on Twitter.

An identical determination additionally got here into power in Bulgaria at midnight (2200 GMT) over “the worsening military conflict and in solidarity with Ukraine.”

Russian aeroplanes “may no longer enter sovereign Bulgarian airspace, including over its territorial waters,” based on a ministry of Transport assertion.

It follows the British authorities’s determination on Thursday to ban Russian flagship provider Aeroflot from flying over the UK.

Moscow responded Friday by banning all UK-linked planes, together with transiting flights, from Russian airspace.

Meanwhile, Moldova mentioned Thursday it was closing its airspace, with all flights redirected to different airports, whereas Belarus mentioned it was shutting “part” of its airspace.

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