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Russia’s Transport Ministry confirms extension of overflight approvals for US airlines

April 18, 11:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to media reports, Russia could use extension of flight approvals as a counter measure to the new sanctions Washington imposed on Moscow

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MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Transport Ministry has confirmed extension of overflight approvals for the US airlines, the ministry’s press service reported.

"The Transport Ministry has confirmed these flights (US airlines make crossing the Russia airspace - TASS) provided that they are made in compliance with the current map of such flights," the press service noted.

Earlier a spokesman with the US State Department told TASS that the Russian Transport Ministry will extend overflight approvals for US airlines.

Earlier Bloomberg reported that US airlines sought the State Department’s help as agreements to cross Russian airspace expire and both sides wait on the other to set a date to resume negotiations. According to Bloomberg, Russia could use extension of flight approvals as a counter measure to the new sanctions Washington imposed on Moscow due to the situation in Syria.

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