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Europe and Russia Air Bans Raise Echo of Cold War Disruption

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Nulla Misericordia
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Apr 18, 2013
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Europe and Russia Air Bans Raise Echo of Cold War Disruption


Ireland, France, Sweden and the Netherlands were among a host of nations saying Sunday that they would join Finland, the U.K., Germany and others in banning Russian planes in the wake of the Ukraine invasion. The European Union may propose barring Russia across the 27-country bloc, an official said, underscoring members’ determination to present a united front, at a cost to airlines on both sides of the divide. Together with a no-fly zone in and around the area of conflict, the latest moves wall off Russian carriers such as Aeroflot from the shortest routes west, forcing them to head south as far as Turkey to go around. European carriers going in the other direction face delays and higher fuel expense as well, after Russia, a key pathway to Asia, began blocking access in response. Finnair Oyj, which has staked its strategy on short routes to Asia, said such a move would likely halt those flights. Russian planes are being banned from: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, U.K. (Ukraine is a no-fly zone) Russia has banned flights from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, U.K.

This makes it very difficult for Finland, which must now take a fuel-consuming circituitous route to reach Asian cities.

It also virtually isolates the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The only air approach now available is via a very narrow air corridor over the Baltic Sea.

Lithuania also ordered that all passenger/freight rail traffic between Kaliningrad and Russia be halted at the Belarus border. The only ways to enter/exit Kalingrad now is by air or ship.

Nordic countries prepare to shut airspace to Russian planes

Lithuania closes its airspace to Russian airlines, ending direct flights to Kaliningrad exclave
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