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Germany-Russia flights to resume after suspension amid Belarus tension

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Flights between Germany and Russia were due to resume on Thursday, German airline Lufthansa told Euronews.

“Russian authorities have issued permission for passenger flights to Russia in June,” Lufthansa said in a statement. “So the scheduled Lufthansa flights to Moscow and St Petersburg can go ahead.”

The announcement came after a brief suspension of airline traffic between the two countries on Tuesday and Wednesday amid a dispute over Belarus.

The transport ministry in Berlin said earlier on Wednesday that Germany had suspended Russian airlines landing in its territory because Russia reportedly did not authorize the arrival of Lufthansa flights at its airports.

The tit-for-tat moves come amid tensions between the West and Moscow after a Ryanair passenger jet traveling from Belarus to Lithuania was diverted to arrest disgruntled journalist Roman Protasevich last month.

This prompted European countries to stop using Belarusian airspace.

Moscow, an ally of Minsk, began refusing to allow the resumption of flights to Russia to avoid Belarus, resulting in cancellations. These included an Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna and an Air France flight from Paris.

Germany’s Ministry of Transport said, “The Russian aviation authority FATA did not issue a timely approval for Lufthansa flights for the month of June, so Lufthansa flights that were scheduled for the morning of 2 June were canceled on the evening of 1 June.” Had to do it.” A statement to Euronews.

“Due to the exercise of reciprocity,” Germany “has not issued any further permits for flights by Russian airlines while permits were pending on the Russian side,” the statement continued.

Russian airline Aeroflot had a total of three canceled flights on Tuesday and four on Wednesday, the ministry said.

As soon as Russia approves German flights, the landing of Russian airlines will also be cleared by Germany, the statement said.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Wednesday asked the bloc’s national authorities to tell its aircraft operators that “operations in Belarusian airspace are not permitted unless necessary for safe operation in unforeseen circumstances.”

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