RIA Novosti: Russia not planning to close air transit route across Siberia – minister

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(RIA Novosti – August 11, 2014) Russia is not planning at present to stop western airlines from flying across Siberia, Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov has said.

“Do not worry, there is no decision being taken on this just yet,” he replied when asked by journalists, RIA Novosti news agency reported on 11 August.

The newspaper Vedomosti reported last week that the transport and foreign ministries were holding consultations on whether to ban transit flights over Russia from Europe to Asia, the agency added.