"Unless Russia gets out of Crimea, the Aeroflot can't conduct flights in here", emphasized Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a recent Government session on Wednesday, September 30.
He reminded that the National Security and Defence Council had adopted a resolution to impose another enlarged package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. The document of additional sanctions also includes Russian airlines: "The reason for the introduction of sanctions is clear and understandable: the Russian airlines have violated the airspace of Ukraine, illegally conducted flights over the territory of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, so, such airlines, including the Aeroflot company, were listed as subject to sanctions".
"We have a clear motivation why Ukraine has taken the relevant decision. They shouldn’t have seized our Crimea, dispatched their troops to Donetsk and Luhansk", stressed the Head of Government.
At the same time, he added, our neighbours in the north "without any reasons, as always, started threatening and imposing undue response measures against Ukrainian airlines": "In international relations one of the prevailing principle is the principle of reciprocity, unless otherwise is determined by our bilateral deals."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin: "If Russia thinks in such a way they would destroy our airlines, they will fail".
The Prime Minister commissioned the Foreign Minister to hold relevant consultations on this pending issue: "Please, explain urgently to our neighbours that the sanctions have been imposed. By the moment Russia gets out of Crimea, the Aeroflot cannot overfly. But it is necessary to follow our bilateral agreements on mutual flights basing on the reciprocity principle".
"We must protect our own market, so Ukraine, by imposing reasonable sanctions, will protect our companies and our economic interest," highlighted the Head of Government.