On October 25 direct air flights between Ukraine and the Russian Federation came to an end. The decision was taken to fulfill a resolution of the National Security and Defense Council
of Ukraine of September 2, 2015 "On Imposition of Personal Special
Economic and Other Restrictive Measures (Sanctions)".
Russian airlines are banned to perform direct flights to Ukrainian cities,
however, transit flights over the territory of Ukraine are afforded, if an aircraft is not carrying dual-use
or military goods or Russian military manpower.
Whereas, a particular
mode of transit flights through Ukraine is applied for the Aeroflot and the Transaero airlines.
These carriers should contact the State aviation service to obtain a transit permission for each particular flight through Ukraine in the communication between the Russian
Federation and Bulgaria, Israel, Turkey, Egypt and Greece.
It should be noted that Ukraine imposed sanctions against 29 Russian
airlines that violated the national legislation of Ukraine and an
intergovernmental agreement by performing flights to the annexed Crimea and via
the prohibited areas.
In response the Russian
side illegally banned fights of a number of Ukrainian carriers, thus forcing
the State Aviation Service to completely stop air communications with Ukraine
for all the Russian air companies.
On October 23, Ukraine agreed to numerous requests of
the Russian side to meet and discuss air service and had technical consultations with the Russian
delegation at the headquarters of
the European Commission in Brussels. The consistent position of the Ukrainian side is as
follows: to launch the
negotiations Russian airlines should cease the illegal flights to annexed Crimea and through the forbidden zones, and also to pay all the fines imposed by the State Aviation Service on Aeroflot and
other Russian airlines throughout 2014-2015.
A decision on further consultations will be taken by leadership of the country.