Russia closes airspace to Ukraine airlines from Oct 25

The measure is in response to a decision by the Ukrainian authorities last week that banned the Russian companies Aeroflot and Transaero from flying into the countryRussia on Monday said it would close its airspace to Ukrainian airlines from October 25 in reprisal for a ban that Ukraine has slapped on two Russian firms. Acting on instructions from Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, the federal transport agency “has been asked to inform (Ukrainian) air companies providing flights to Russia that they will be forbidden to use Russian airspace from October 25,” the official Tass news agency said, quoting a transport ministry spokesman.

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