Russia Bars European planes From Landing in Moscow in Response to Belarus Airspace Ban

Russia responded to the ban on Belarus’s airspace by not allowing European planes flying to Moscow to land. 

Austrian Airlines said it canceled a cargo-passenger flight OS601 from Vienna to Moscow after the board at Domodedovo airport listed the flight as canceled. 

Flight OS601 had refused to transit through Belarusian airspace on the way to Moscow and was told that the new flight route needed to be confirmed with the authorities.

Air France also canceled its Paris-Moscow flight for the second day in a row, after it was also not allowed to land in Russia. 

Air France and Austrian Airlines were reportedly following a recommendation by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to avoid Belarusian airspace after the “hijacking” of a Ryanair plane flying between Greece and Lithuania.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov later claimed that they are not responsible for banning the EU planes from landing. 

“The presidential administration is not in charge of controlling air traffic. We recommend you to address this question to our aviation authorities,” said Peskov.

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