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MOSCOW, October 1. /TASS/. Russia’s Transport Ministry has not yet received a request from Ukrainian authorities for consultations on flights’ ban, Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Thursday.
"We’ve made requests several times but we never received any response from Ukrainian authorities regarding consultations on ban on flights between Russia and Ukraine," he said.
Earlier Ukraine notified Russian airlines on its banning flights to the country starting from October 25 pursuant to the decision by Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council and a decree by the country’s president. The Ukrainian authorities approved a sanctions list that included 20 Russian air companies. According to the document published on the website of the Ukrainian president, Russian air companies face partial or full restrictions on flights, transport or transit via Ukrainian territory. Among the sanctioned air companies are Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot, its three subsidiaries - Rossiya, Donavia and Orenburg Airlines, Transaero, S7 and Ural Airlines.
On September 28, Russian Transport Minister instructed Roaviatsiya federal aviation agency to notify Ukrainian airlines on restricting use of Russian airspace from October 25 as well.