Canada announced this Wednesday (16) the closure of its airspace to airlines Belarus. The action was announced in retaliation for the support that the country ruled Alexander Lukashenko give to Russia, in the war in Ukraine. Lukashenko is a political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The North American nation had announced, on February 27, a ban on landing Russian aircraft at its airports due to the conflict in Eastern Europe. The 27 European Union countries, the United States and the United Kingdom did the same.
“Immediately, and until further notice, all aircraft which are directly or indirectly owned, registered, leased, leased, operated or controlled by citizens of the Russian Federation or Belarus, are prohibited from entering, leaving or flying in outer space. Canadian air carrier,” said a statement from the Canadian transport agency.
The agency sanctioned air operators who had certificates issued by Russia or Belarus. He said he sent a statement to companies operating in the country about the restrictions.
“We will not hesitate to take immediate enforcement action if non-compliance with restrictions is confirmed,” the agency said.
Sanctions in Russia
Due to the invasion of Ukraine, European Union countries and allies, such as the United States and English, announced a series of sanctions against Russia. Countries try to isolate the Kremlin from the rest of the world as pressure to end the war. Several companies do the same..
On February 19, even before the start of the war — which began on the 24th — Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Eurowings and Austrian Airlines canceled all their flights to Russia.
On the 25th, Delta Air Lines announced the end of its partnership with the Russian company Aeroflot.
In response to the airspace closure for his company, Russia has banned flights from 36 countries from landing on its territory.
Among these countries are Albania, Anguilla, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, British Virgin Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Jersey, Ireland , Iceland, Italy , Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
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