Last updated: 03:30 PM ET, Fri September 25 2015

Ukraine To Ban All Russian Airlines

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | September 25, 2015

Ukraine To Ban All Russian Airlines

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The Ukrainian government announced today it will ban all Russian airlines and airplanes – commercial aircraft, military jets and cargo planes – from its airports and airspace beginning Oct. 25.

That includes Aeroflot, the largest airline in Russia, potentially creating travel chaos between the two countries.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been tense during a highly volatile time of civil unrest in Ukraine, where the government has accused the Russian government of backing pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine was also displeased with the Russian annexing of Crimea last year.

"In accordance with a decision by the Security Council, the government of Ukraine is adopting a decision to ban flights by Russian companies, primarily Aeroflot and Transaero, to Ukraine," the government said in a statement on its website. "Airlines with the Russian tricolor have no reason to be in Ukrainian airports.”

According to the Washington Post, the Russian government threatened to retaliate and ban Ukrainian airlines, a decision that Russia’s Minister of Transport said could “lead to the factual halt of air travel between the two countries.”

Ukraine also blocked government agencies from using software produced by the Russian antivirus maker Kaspersky Labs.

In an e-mailed statement to the Post this morning, Aeroflot said it had not been notified of any actions.

“According to international aviation laws, only the aviation authorities of the government may cancel flights into the country,” the airline said. “As soon as Aeroflot receives an official notification from Ukraine’s aviation authorities to cancel flights, the company will inform its passengers about this.”

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