Turkey is blocking airspace from Russian flights to Syria

Turkey decided this month to close its airspace to Russian civilian flights to Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said on Saturday.

“We have closed our airspace not only to Russian military flights but also to civilian flights to Syria,” the minister told reporters at the start of a seven-day trip to Latin America quoted by Turkish NTV. “We issued permits on a quarterly basis. There were permits until April. Our president (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) told (his Russian colleague Vladimir) Putin. Then the flights stopped,” he explained.

It should be noted that Turkey is not one of the countries that has imposed sanctions on Russia. “If a (Russian) company wants to come in to do business, it just has to act in accordance with our laws and international law,” he explained.

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