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Greece mulls denying airspace to Russia planes carrying supplies to Syria

A general view of damaged buildings is seen in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus as a sandstorm blows over the city on September 7, 2015The United States has asked Greece to ban Russian supply flights to Syria from its airspace, a Greek official said Monday, amid growing US fears that Moscow is increasing its military backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Confirming the US request a Greek foreign ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We received the (US) request on Saturday and are examining it”. Russia has asked Greece, which is a NATO member, to permit the passage of two planes between September 1 and 24, the Greek official said.

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