|Above, Asya is stuck in Denmark due to flight bans. Photo courtesy of Asya Lipovetckaia.|
This afternoon, I was chatting with Asya on WhatsApp and she said her flight to St. Petersburg from Copenhagen had been canceled due to the sanctions imposed by European Union countries and others. She can't go back home now, she said.
According to Reuters:
MOSCOW, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Russia has closed its airspace to airlines from 36 countries, including all 27 members of the European Union, in response Ukraine-related sanctions targeting its aviation sector.
Some of the banned countries had already been identified, while others were named by the aviation authority Rosaviatsia for the first time on Monday following the punitive measures imposed over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The flight bans are expected to hurt airlines that fly over the world's biggest country to get from Europe to Asia. They are likely to force them to find new routes.
They said the countries affected are:
It listed the countries as Albania, Anguilla, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, British Virgin Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Jersey, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The listed countries have previously banned all Russian airline flights. The U.S. hasn't made up its mind on what to do (great leadership, eh?).
It's funny, I had mentioned to her a week ago that the invasion of Ukraine affected my investment accounts, which forced me to move my investments to a safe haven. Now it's her "turn" to be affected.
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