The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced that the EU has imposed a blanket flight ban on Russian planes.
In reaction to the development, she Von der Leyen said, “We are shutting down EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian-registered or Russian-controlled aircraft.”
The ban does not exclude some flights, rather, the private jets of oligarchs, will now be unable to land in, take off from or fly over any EU nation.
In the UK space, Russian planes have also been banned.
In a retaliatory move on Sunday, Russia is making move to cancel all flights to European destinations until further notice, including its biggest airline, Aeroflot, said it would.
Meanwhile, European countries had been closing their airspace one by one as Germany said its ban would last three months.
As for departure, Moscow’s Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports showed dozens of cancellations on Sunday, including flights to Paris, Vienna and Kaliningrad.
Russia’s S7 Airlines said on Facebook it would cancel flights to many of its European destinations until at least 13 March.
Interestingly, Russia has been responding with tit-for-tat restrictions on countries banning its flights.