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US to ban Russian flights from US airspace, officials say

Band David Shepardson

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters)The US government is set to announce a ban on Russian flights from US airspace following similar moves by the European Union and Canada, government and industry officials told Reuters.

The precise timing is unclear but is expected within the next 24 hours, the sources said.

Late Tuesday, United Airlines UAL.O said it had temporarily suspended overflights of Russian airspace, joining other major US carriers that took the plunge after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The White House, which declined to comment, has held extensive talks with US airlines in recent days.

United had continued to fly over Russian airspace to operate flights to and from India in recent days. Delta Airlines DAL.NAmerican Airlines AAL.O and United Parcel Service UPS.N all confirmed this week that they had halted flights over Russia.

FedEx did not respond to emails Tuesday asking if it had stopped flying over Russia.

United is canceling two flights to India for Tuesday and Wednesday as it assesses how it could continue to operate via a different route that does not use Russian airspace.

White House officials had privately asked whether the move would harm U.S. supply chains or have other negative impacts, sources told Reuters.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler and Grant McCool)

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