MOSCOW, September 29. Transport flows between Russia and Ukraine “will find out”, despite the ban on flights of Russian airlines in the airspace of Ukraine and counter Russia’s actions.
In Kiev now may have to get through Belarus, Moldavia or Turkey, said on air of the TV channel “Russia 24” the Minister of transport of Russia Maxim Sokolov.
“We still have rail service. Traffic flows will find their way and have, albeit with transfers via Minsk may be Chisinau, maybe Turkey, to get to those who are planning their trip to Kiev, and respectively, Ukrainians in Russia, primarily in Moscow,” he said, commenting on the decision of Russian authorities to close airspace for Ukrainian airlines.
“This is another blow to transit riders because approximately 40% of those who flew Aeroflot to Moscow and then continued his journey to Europe our airlines. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian government restricted mobility of its citizens, including in the direction of other European States and worldwide”, – said the Minister.
The prejudice of airlines of the Russian Federation will not be significant
Russian airlines will suffer from imposed sanctions on Ukraine, but this damage is unlikely to be significant. At the same time introduced restrictive measures will lead to the degradation of air links between the countries, said Sokolov.
“Now, in fact, these measures (sanctions) will lead to the degradation of aviation links between our countries. Of course affected our company, but it is not critical, because all the same amount, compared with the total volume of air transportation, not significant”, – said Sokolov. The Minister also noted that the decision of the Ukrainian government is “weird, because about 70% of passengers using air travel between our countries, are citizens of Ukraine”.
Which companies have fallen under the sanctions Kiev
“Aeroflot” and about 20 Russian companies included in the sanction lists of the Ukrainian authorities. According to published on the website of the President of Ukraine to the document, the Russian carriers are partially or fully banned flights, transport and transit on the territory of Ukraine.
Russia lifts its ban on flights of the Ukrainian companies only after a similar decision of Ukraine
Medvedev instructed to consider the imposition of measures against Ukrainian airlines
Ukraine informed the Russian airline on the introduction of sanctions from October 25
The list is not only the largest Russian carrier “Aeroflot” (flies to Kiev and Odessa), but also three of his “daughter” the airline “Russia” and “Donavia”, “Orenburg airlines”. In the same list the second largest airline of Russia, Transaero, recently transferred under the operational management of “Aeroflot”. The document also included such major carriers like S7 (“Siberia” takes the third place on volumes of transportations) and “Ural airlines” (the fifth place on volume of traffic).
The list includes such airlines, as “Globus”, “Vim-Avia”, “Kogalymavia”, “Gazpromavia” and the Red Wings. All these carriers are the first thirty of Russia’s largest airlines. In the sanctions list also got special flying squad “Russia”, which is engaged in transportation of the first persons of the country and 224th flight detachment of the Russian defense Ministry. In addition, the Ukrainian sanctions list includes airlines operating in the field of business transportation is “Sirius-Aero”, “ruslayn”, “Space”, “Rusjet”. In the list there are two airlines which have already lost their licenses – “AK bars Aero” and “Flight”. Under the sanctions hit cargo carrier “Atran” (“a daughter” the airline “Volga-Dnepr).