MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russia’s Transport Ministry is going to hold talks with the aviation authorities of Tajikistan on air communication between the countries on Monday, the Ministry’s press service told TASS.
"Delegation of the aviation authorities of Tajikistan arrived in Moscow today. The Transport Ministry will hold the talks. Russia's position so far remains the same. The results of the negotiations will be announced in the second half of the day," the press service said.
Earlier, the Transport Ministry said that Russia was not ready to mitigate their position, as Tajikistan agree on Russian airlines flights in full. At the same time, the Ministry did not rule out that Russia might suspend air communication with Tajikistan from November 8, when the country’s authorities don’t change position on the Zhukovsky airport.
Russia’s transport ministry said earlier that Russia could suspend flights with Tajikistan from November 8 unless the Central Asian republic’s authorities changed their stance on the Zhukovsky airport.
Tajikistan’s aviation authorities were reluctant to approve flights operated by Russian airlines from Zhukovsky International Airport to the Central Asian country, saying that the airport belongs to Moscow’s airport hub, whereas according to the Russian legislation, Zhukovsky belongs to the Ramensky region.
Russia’s Transport Ministry assumes that the attempt by Tajikistan to define the status of the Russian airport violates the sovereignty of Russian authorities on their own territory, while the refusal to approve assignments for a Russian carrier from Zhukovsky directly violates the air service agreement between the countries.