FILE PHOTO: A person speaks on the cellphone close to limitations positioned in a terminal at Vnukovo Worldwide Airport in Moscow, Russia January 17, 2021. Handout by way of REUTERS
Might 28, 2021
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin stated on Friday that Russia was working to resolve what it referred to as technical points thrown up by a call by some European airways to skirt Belarusian airspace when flying to and from Russia.
The European Union has urged its airways to keep away from Belarus and has moved to shut its personal airspace to Belarusian carriers amid outrage over Sunday’s interception of a Ryanair RYA.I jet en path to Lithuania from Greece, and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board.
Russia on Thursday withheld clearance for an Austrian Airways Vienna-Moscow flight plan avoiding Belarus – a day after failing to approve a revised Air France AIRF.PA Paris-Moscow route. Each flights had been cancelled.
It did enable an Austrian Airways Vienna-Moscow flight to bypass Belarusian airspace on Friday nonetheless, the TASS information company cited the corporate as saying, and allowed in different overseas carriers on Thursday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated the issues had been purely technical in nature and that the difficulty mustn’t grow to be an irritant in EU-Russia ties.
Russia’s federal aviation company Rosaviatsiya has informed airways that adjustments to routes from Europe to Russia as a result of political row over Belarus might lead to longer clearance occasions as a consequence of extra such requests.
(Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Enhancing by Andrew Osborn)