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00:03 Biden announces closure of American airspace to Russian aircraft
US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday the decision to close the country’s airspace to Russian airlines, following what the European Union (EU) and Canada have been doing.
“Tonight, I am announcing that we will join forces with our allies and close American airspace to all Russian flights, to further isolate Russia and further strangle its economy,” said Biden, who received a standing ovation in his first speech at the State of the State of America. the State of the State of the State of the State of the State of Russia. Union, in front of the two chambers of the US Congress.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said last Monday that it would not be easy for Washington to make such a decision, which would certainly provoke a reciprocal move by Moscow as many of its airlines “fly over Russia to go to Asia”.
Russia on Monday closed its airspace to flights from 36 countries, including all EU countries and Canada, in response to the same actions taken by these countries after the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia).
European retaliatory measures against Russia’s military operation against Ukraine forced Russian airline Aeroflot to suspend all flights to Europe and neighboring countries.
Flights to several destinations in the United States and Latin America were also cancelled, as European and Canadian airspace closures forced planes to make long detours.
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