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Ukraine: Kiev bans all direct flights to Russia

Even non-scheduled flights, which are already outlawed

03 April, 15:26
(ANSA) - MOSCOW, APRIL 3 - The Ukrainian government banned all direct flights to Russia - even the non-scheduled ones, already outlawed - following the visit paid to Moscow by the presidential candidate Yuri Boiko and the president of the political council of the party called ''Platform of opposition - For life'' Viktor Medvedchuk. The Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov made the decision. The minister said that the two members of the opposition ''used a loophole in the Ukrainian legislation'' to take a direct flight to Moscow. He then added that the ministry would change the legislation in order to ''make it impossible to operate non-scheduled flights between Ukraine and the aggressor country''. Avakov also said that the ban would not apply to flights operated by international organizations such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Russian and Ukrainian media reported. (ANSA).

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