26.10.15 20:16

Decision to hold further consultations with the Russian Federation on air travel will be taken by Ukraine’s authorities, - Infrastructure Ministry

The decision on the need for further consultations with the Russian Federation regarding the flights between the countries will be made by the Ukrainian authorities.

The press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine stated on Monday, Oct. 26, Censor.NET reports.

The ministry reminded that direct flights between Ukraine and the Russian Federation have been banned since Oct. 25. This decision was made to implement the ruling of the National Security and Defense Counsel of Ukraine "on imposition of personal, special, economic, and other restrictive measures (sanctions)" dated September 2, 2015.

Read more: Air traffic between Ukraine and Russia halted

At the same time, the Ministry of Infrastructure emphasized that the possibility of transit over the territory of Ukraine remains, if the planes do not carry dual-use goods or military equipment or Russian troops.

The special regime of transit flights for "Aeroflot" and "Transaero" is also in force. These airlines must apply to the State Aviation Service of Ukraine to acquire the transit permit for each individual flight, if it is carried out over the territory of Ukraine to the following countries: Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Israel.

The Ministry reminded that Ukraine agreed to the numerous requests of the Russian side on the meeting to discuss issue of flights Oct. 23 and has held technical consultations with the Russian delegation at the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels.

Read more: Russia seeks to negotiate air traffic with Ukraine

The consistent position of the Ukrainian side is the following: to start negotiations, the Russian airlines must stop the illegal flights to annexed Crimea and through the restricted areas as well as pay all fines that the State Aviation Service has imposed against Aeroflot and other Russian airlines in 2014-2015.

"The decision on the need for further consultations will be taken by the government", the Ministry of Infrastructure stressed.

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