BERLIN: Germany has blocked flights operated by Russian airlines from arriving in its territory in tit-for-tat action after Moscow failed to provide authorisations for Lufthansa, the transport ministry said Wednesday, amid tensions over Belarus.
Two Russia-bound Lufthansa flights that were due to depart earlier Wednesday from Germany had to be cancelled because Russian authorities did not provide the necessary permits for them in time, said the ministry.
“Due to the reciprocal practice, the Federal Aviation Authority also did not issue any further permits for flights operated by Russian airlines as long as authorisations are pending on the Russian side,” it added.
Three Aeroflot flights were affected by the cancellations on Tuesday and another four on Wednesday, said the ministry. “Once permits for Lufthansa flights are granted by the Russian site, the flights of Russian airlines will also be authorised,” added the German ministry.