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Russia Hits Back at Europe over Flight Ban


   Moscow, 28 Feb (ONA) — Russia has banned airlines from 36 countries from using its airspace in a tit-for-tat response to Western sanctions.


Russia said it would stop flights from nations including Germany, Spain, Italy and Canada.


Russia had already barred UK airlines from flying to and across the region after Britain banned national airline Aeroflot from landing in the UK.


Yesterday (Sunday), Europe shut its skies to Russian owned or controlled planes.


The measures mean airlines will have to make long detours on some routes, potentially raising the cost of fuel and tickets.


The countries banned from Russia’s airspace are: Albania, Anguilla, Austria, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Greenland, the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK, the BBC news reported.

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