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Russia’s civil aviation authority has banned UK airlines from landing at its airports and even crossing its airspace.
The country made this move as a response to ‘the unfriendly decisions by the UK aviation authorities,’ reported Russian news agency Tass.
On 24 February, the UK imposed a ban on Russia’s national carrier Aeroflot from landing on its soil.
The UK took this step as part of sanctions imposed following the invasion of Russian forces on Ukraine.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had announced the ban in Parliament.
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The UK Civil Aviation Authority had suspended the permit for Aeroflot’s foreign carrier.
BBC quoted Russia’s civil aviation authority Rosaviatsia as stating: “This measure was taken in accordance with the provisions of the Intergovernmental Air Services Agreement between Russia and the UK as a response to unfriendly decisions by the UK aviation authorities regarding the restriction on regular flights of aircraft owned, leased or operated by a person associated with Russia or registered in Russia.”
Meanwhile, British Airways stated that it had notified its customers of the cancellation of services and would make complete refunds for their tickets.
“We apologise for the inconvenience but this is clearly a matter beyond our control.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
British Airways usually operates three flights a week between London and Moscow.