Russia may close Air Routes to Asia if EU introduces sanctions against Aeroflot

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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – Possible EU sanctions against the Russian airline Aeroflot over its alleged role in the migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border would bring an immediate closure of Russian airspace to European airlines, which badly need the direct Siberian route to Asia, a geopolitics expert told Sputnik on Thursday.

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that the European Union is discussing sanctions against Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines over their alleged involvement in bringing migrants to Belarus.

On Thursday, the European Commission said that would look into the option of sanctioning airlines engaged in transferring migrants to Belarus as part of the fifth sanctions package against Minsk, expected early next week. Moscow said that media reports of possible sanctions against Aeroflot are unfounded.

“I do not believe this accusation against Aeroflot at all. It is not coming from the European Union but from Bloomberg and really smells like fake news”, Xavier Moreau, an expert of geopolitics with the think tank StratPol, told Sputnik on Thursday.

“Such rumours are also emanating from the Polish authorities that see the hand of Moscow everywhere and would very much like to worsen and enlarge the protracted conflict with Belarus about the migrants trying to cross the border into Poland”.

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