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Russia gets air traffic corridor over Crimea

July 03, 2014, 18:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Earlier, Ukrainian authorities claimed that they were keeping control over the transit area above the peninsula

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MOSCOW, July 3. /ITAR-TASS/. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) deemed that Russia should provide air navigation service over Crimea and territorial waters (12 miles area), Russia’s Ministry of Transport told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.

“ICAO believes Russia shall provide air navigation services over Crimea and its territorial waters, and Ukraine shall do this over open sea, but with consideration of technical accords with Russia on air navigation service near Simferopol,” the ministry’s representative stated.

He added that “the legality of flights over Crimea and territorial waters was not doubted by ICAO representatives and were proposed by them as one of compulsive parts of the possible tripartite decision that does not require to be included in the European air navigation plan”.


Kiev’s statements

Ukraine’s aviation authorities previously claimed that Ukraine should preserve control over the transit air traffic corridor over Crimea and the Black Sea area, adding that from March 12, 2014 until a special order airdromes of Simferopol, Sevastopol (Belbek) and the lower air space over the Crimean peninsula were closed.

“The ICAO confirmed the integrity of Ukraine’s air space and the belonging of the Simferopol flight information region to the area of responsibility of Ukraine,” the State Aviation Service of Ukraine reported June 23.

Flights to Crimea are being carried out in strict compliance with Russian aviation laws. “The ICAO approved of Russia’s constructive stance at the negotiations,” the Russian Transport Ministry source said.

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