The country has joined Poland and the Czech Republic in banning flights from Russia
Bulgaria announced on Friday that it would bar Russian planes from entering its airspace – the latest European country to do so – amid the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
In a statement, the Bulgarian Transport Ministry said it would ban the take-off, landing and entry of Russian planes into its airspace from Saturday.
“All aircraft holding a license issued by the Russian Federation may not enter the sovereign airspace of the Republic of Bulgaria, including the airspace above territorial waters”, the statement said, adding that the action was taken “in solidarity with Ukraine”.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov publicly condemned Russian military operations in Ukraine this week, saying: “The use of military force against a sovereign state is unacceptable in the 21st century.”
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska condemned Russia “military aggression” affirming this “undermines the sovereignty and independence of #Ukraine and constitutes a serious violation of international law”.
Poland and the Czech Republic also closed their airspaces to Russian planes on Friday, with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accusing Moscow of engaging in “criminal assault”. The Czech Republic has additionally suspended visa processing of Russian citizens.
The UK banned flights by Russian airline Aeroflot on Thursday and extended the ban to Russian private jets on Friday.
Russia has banned British flights from its airspace
Russia began carrying out military operations in Ukraine on Thursday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin pledging to “denazify” and “demilitarize” the country.
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