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Lawmaker: Russia will not abandon Syria after Ukraine closes airspace

September 10, 2015, 18:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that Kiev had tightened control of the traffic of Russian planes to Syria
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MOSCOW, September 10. /TASS/. Russia will not leave Syria in the lurch and it will continue to provide assistance to Damascus although Ukraine has closed its airspace to Russian aircraft, the chairman of the State Duma’s defence committee, Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov told TASS on Thursday.

Earlier in the day Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that Kiev had tightened control of the traffic of Russian planes to Syria.

"Russia has always managed to devise an alternative solution. It has never abandoned its friends. Ukraine may betray others. Russia will go ahead with its support for Syria and its people," Komoyedov said.

Asked if Kiev’s latest actions required some kind of response from Russia, Komoyedov replied it was no use noticing "every sneeze."

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said earlier on Thursday the Ukrainian aviation authority Aerorukh was instructed to enhance interaction with the Eurocontrol over any Russian flights to Syria.

"The airspace over Ukraine is now closed, and the airspace over international waters is under special control," he said.

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