On Monday, the heads and prime ministers of the member states of the European Union decided to impose new sanctions against the Belarusian regime, which A civilian plane was forced to make an emergency landing, along with journalist and opposition activist Raman PratasevicWhose authorities imprisoned him. Many European Union countries Including the Czech Republic Then the Belarusian airlines prevented Belavia from landing on its territory, and European airlines began to avoid Belarusian airspace.
Russia, the main ally of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, made it impossible for Austrian Airlines to land in Moscow on Thursday. The French company Air France, whose devices wanted to avoid Belarus on the way to Moscow, did not obtain permission. As a result, airlines canceled their flights to the Russian capital.
“It was a major disruption in air traffic,” he said, prior to the informal meeting of the European Union defense ministers in Lisbon, “However, we still do not know if these are individual cases or if it will be a general move on the part of the Russian authorities.” The risk of escalation cannot be ruled out with regard to Russia.
Air Transport Authority Rosaviacija said the delay in issuing access permits was due to the fact that it was receiving a large number of requests due to airlines trying to avoid Belarus and choose an alternative route. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov also confirmed that the situation in which Moscow refused to accept flights from the European Union was caused by technical problems. According to him, these matters are specifically related to the fact that it is necessary to identify alternative places through which aircraft will enter Russian airspace.
RBK: Russia will allow flights again
The Russian agency RBK informed, on Thursday evening, referring to an unnamed source close to the Russian Ministry of Transport, that the arrival of European airlines that decided to avoid Belarus will be allowed by Russia in the near future.
TASS reported that Russia had given the green light to Austrian Airlines’ flight from Vienna to Moscow, which it planned to avoid Belarus. However, according to the agency, Austrian Airlines specified that this permit does not apply to other flights yet. On the contrary, according to Agence France-Presse, Air France announced the cancellation of its next flight to Moscow due to Russia’s lack of approval.