Belarusian Aircraft Banned From Canadian Airspace

Canada has banned Belarusian aircraft from entering its airspace due to the Russian ally’s support of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

“We are prohibiting Belarusian aircraft from entering Canadian airspace in response to their support for Russia’s unprovoked aggression in Ukraine,” Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Twitter on March 16.

According to Transport Canada, the restriction applies to “all aircraft directly or indirectly owned, registered, chartered, leased, operated or controlled by a citizen of either the Russian Federation or of Belarus.”

The restriction also applies to all air operators who hold a certificate issued by Russia or Belarusian authorities, Transport Canada added.

The measure comes into effect “immediately and until further notice,” Transport Canada said.

Belarus allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to stage troops in its northern border with Ukraine. It also staged military drills with Russian forces before the invasion began.

Earlier this month, the European Union imposed sanctions on Belarus due to its role in the Russian aggression.


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