The Russian Presidency on Friday blamed technical problems for the veto that was imposed on Thursday on two flights attempting to circumvent the recommendations passed in Belarus in recent days through Russian airspace.
“I am convinced that the aviation authorities will make the necessary clarifications, but these are technical problems,” said Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov, who ruled out that the situation is cause for concern.
For example, he explained that the planes are entering the country’s airspace via agreed points and altitudes before adding that these planes are applying for permission elsewhere. “This causes technical problems,” he emphasized.
With that in mind, the Federal Aviation Service of Russia (Rosaviatsia) has highlighted that route changes will take some time to approve due to the large number of requests received in recent days, according to Russian news agency Sputnik.
The agency pointed out that it had informed the airlines on Thursday that “in the event of a change in the agreed routes to and from Europe and to and through Russia, take into account that departure, arrival and transit permits through Russian space possible are.” Air can take longer. “
“The extension of the waiting time is related to an increase in inquiries from airlines,” said Rosaviatsia, who stressed that the authorities will regulate air traffic in accordance with the rules to ensure safety.
Finally, he detailed that on the last day “Russian airlines made 134 flights through Belarusian airspace, while European airlines made 113 flights through Belarusian airspace and 53 flights on an alternative route”.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell warned this Friday of the risk of mounting tensions with Russia over the air traffic problem. “Air traffic has been badly affected, but we still do not know whether it is a case by case or a general rule of the Russian authorities to force an overflight into Belarus,” he said.
Russia’s refusal to approve alternative routes for European flights resulted in the cancellation of two separate flights connecting Paris and Vienna with the Russian capital. However, other companies such as KLM or British Airways were able to land in Russia after updating their routes, so the rejection of the Russian authorities was not generalized.
On the other hand, Peskov has stressed that Moscow welcomes the decision of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to clarify the circumstances of the emergency landing ordered by Minsk on Sunday for a flight covering the route between Greece and Lithuania to arrest an enemy.
In this way he affirmed that “neither the Russian aviation authorities nor the Russian organizations have anything to do with what happened to the Ryanair flight in Belarus”. “The ICAO intends to examine the situation carefully, which is a fact that we can perhaps welcome,” he added.