MOSCOW, October 23. Russia has offered Ukraine to remove all existing restrictions on direct flights and transit for Russian and Ukrainian airlines. The proposal was voiced by representatives of the Russian aviation authorities are in talks with Ukrainian counterparts in Brussels, according to Rosaviatsia.
“Probably because of the lack of authority of the Ukrainian side was unable essentially to discuss these constructive suggestions, and instead offered to consider removing mutual restrictions solely on transit flights”, – is spoken in the message.
Earlier, the Ministry of infrastructure of Ukraine reported that the country from 25 October stops flights from the UK, a ban on all fall flights of the Russian airline. The Federal air transport Agency in response has advised Ukrainian companies on the introduction from October 25, of the ban on flights in Russia.
During the talks, the Russian side proposed to solve the problem, based on the principles of the primacy of international law over national legislation.
“The agreement between the government of the Russian Federation and the government of Ukraine on air communication and cooperation in air transport dated 12 January 1994, an international Treaty which has obvious precedence over the decree of Ukrainian sanctions against Russian companies,” – emphasizes the Agency. “Using this approach, in full accordance with international law, the Russian side proposed to lift all existing restrictions on direct flights and transit for Russian and Ukrainian airlines”, – stated in the message.
The essence of the Russian proposal is also to October 25, 2015 the Ukrainian government has not applied such measures as the persecution of crews, searches of aircraft, the imposition of fines on Russian airlines, performing flights to the Republic of Crimea.
According to the Federal air transport Agency, the abolition of restrictions on transit flights will not ensure the preservation of regular flights between cities of Russia and Ukraine, as requested by Ukrainian airlines and in the interests of airline passengers. The Agency notes that 75% of all passenger traffic in these areas are citizens of Ukraine.
“The Russian side recalled that until October 25, stays two days, and during this time, when will the Ukrainian side has every opportunity to make the right decision about maintaining air service that meets the interests of the citizens of our countries”, – stated in the message.
Chronicle of aviation conflict
Initially, in the sanctions lists of Kiev were about 20 Russian companies, including “Aeroflot”, “Russia”, “Donavia”, “Orenburg airlines”, “Transaero” (which had come under the operational management of “Aeroflot”), S7, “globe”, “Ural airlines”, “Vim-Avia”, “Kogalymavia”, “Gazpromavia” and the Red Wings.
Russia responded with a “mirror measures” by banning Ukrainian airlines flying over its territory. The Federal air transport Agency informed about the ban by three airlines: “Ukraine International airlines”, “Dniproavia” and “Motor Sich”.
In response to Moscow’s actions in Kiev declared the full termination of air links with the Russian Federation.