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Russia ready for talks on ban on flights with Ukraine

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Russian aviation authorities are ready for holding consultations on lifting a ban on flights between Russia and Ukraine, Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov said.




"We have sent three proposals - two from the Transport Ministry and one from the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) on holding the consultations," he said on the sidelines of the Wings of Russia aviation forum.

"This is stipulated in an agreement on air communication, which has a standard phrase that all the issues should be resolved by way of aviation authorities’ consultations in case of conflict situations. Ukraine has made its decision [on banning flights by Russian airlines] but has not held consultations. That is why, the first thing we are proposing is that we should hold consultations," he said.

The Russian aviation authorities are ready to hold consultations at any time and in any place, if the Ukrainian side responds to the proposal, Okulov said.

"There are shifts in this matter and it is becoming warmer because it is completely wrong to disrupt air communication," the Russian deputy transport minister said. â– 


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