Russian authorities have compelled Austrian Airways to cancel its flight from Vienna to the Russian capital. Air France additionally cancelled its Paris to Moscow flight for the second day in a row, after it was denied permission on Wednesday to land in Russia.
Austria’s International Ministry mentioned on Thursday: “The Russian response is completely incomprehensible to us.”
A number of different European carriers, together with KLM and a British Airways cargo flight, have been allowed to land in Russia utilizing new routes, nonetheless.
At this stage, it’s unclear if Moscow’s retaliation is non permanent or alerts a extra lasting standoff.
The Kremlin is but to answer requests for a proof.
A longstanding ban on flights may in flip result in countermeasures towards the Russian nationwide service Aeroflot.
What has the response been from world wide?
Ryanair has labelled the compelled touchdown an act of “aviation piracy”.
The UK and EU have urged their airways to keep away from Belarusian airspace, banned the state-owned service from their airports, and vowed to impose contemporary financial sanctions on the Russia-supported regime.
EU overseas ministers held preliminary talks on Thursday on punitive measures towards Belarus with the nation’s profitable potash sector excessive on the agenda.
Elsewhere, the USA has requested the fast launch of Mr Protasevich and his accomplice.
The Worldwide Civil Aviation Group, a UN discussion board that units requirements for civil aviation worldwide, is because of maintain a gathering on Thursday, and has already mentioned Belarus’s actions may have breached the Chicago Conference that governs civilian flying.