The EU has imposed a blanket flight ban on Russian planes, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced.
“We are shutting down EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian-registered or Russian-controlled aircraft,” she said.
Russian planes have also been banned from UK airspace.
Russia has been responding with tit-for-tat restrictions on countries banning its flights.
The Commission president said that the EU was also going to ban Russia’s state-owned news outlets Sputnik and Russia Today, widely seen as a mouthpiece for the Kremlin. “We are developing tools to ban their toxic and harmful disinformation in Europe,” she said.
The restrictions on flights will require Russian airlines to take circuitous routes, resulting in longer flight times.
In the US, Delta Air Lines said it would suspend a flight booking agreement with Russia’s Aeroflot.
The UK’s ban on Russian flights led Moscow to retaliate with a similar curb on British planes.