On Friday, Ukraine announced that from 25 October it would be banning flights operated by Russian airlines, including major carriers Aeroflot and Transaero, from its airports. In addition to airlines specifically covered by that ban, Ukraine has also said that a ban on entering Ukrainian airspace altogether will apply to any Russian flight carrying military hardware or troops.
In response, Russia has stated that as soon as the flight ban is confirmed it will introduce a retaliatory ban against two Ukrainian airlines. Aeroflot has since announced that it has received notification of the ban against it from the Ukrainian government.
Announcing the ban, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that "Airlines with the Russian tricolor have no reason to be in Ukrainian airports", and Russian Transport Minister Maksin Sokolov has since stated in respect of retaliatory sanctions that "We understand that this in fact will lead to a complete halt in air traffic between our countries".
This article first appeared on European Sanctions Law & Practice (http://europeansanctions.com/), a blog by Maya Lester (+44 20 7379 3550, firstname.lastname@example.org), a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, and Michael O'Kane (+44 (0) 20 7822 7777 email@example.com), head of Business Crime at Peters & Peters.