Europe Is Closing Its Skies to Russian Flights After Ukraine Invasion

Russia has found itself almost entirely cut off from European airspace after an increasing number of European countries have been banning Russian airlines from their skies as a result of Moscow’s aggression on Ukraine.

Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Iceland said on Sunday that they are closing their airspace to Russian planes, while Sweden, Finland and Denmark said they’re preparing to do so. Germany also said it would enforce the ban starting at 3 p.m. France and the Netherlands said they would close their airspace to Russian flights Sunday evening.

“Our European skies are open skies. They’re open for those who connect people, not for those who seek to brutally aggress,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said on Twitter on Sunday.

“It is now absolutely necessary to proceed with further … measures to isolate Russia,” Swedish EU Minister Hans Dahlgren told public service radio SR.

A flight ban has already been introduced by the U.K., Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, the Baltic States, Romania and Bulgaria.

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Source: Politico