In issuing a notice to the US carrier over the weekend, the FAA warned against flying over the Russian-Ukrainian border due to flight safety risks. They noted “escalating regional tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which could potentially lead to no-notice cross-border skirmishes, increased military activity and/or conflict.”
US civilian flights around the Russian-Ukrainian border have been banned by the FAA since 2014.
The FAA advisory also states that airlines must provide at least 72 hours’ notice to the agency of flights scheduled in the area.
US air regulators and the FAA fear Russian and Ukrainian troops could shoot down a civilian plane in a conflict due to misidentification.
In 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a missile fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels during fighting with Ukrainian government troops, investigators said. international.
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The FAA warnings come after Russia sent thousands of troops to Ukraine’s eastern border.
Russia and Ukraine have seen rising tensions over the conflict between Moscow-backed separatists in Crimea and the military in Kiev.
In response to the movement of Russian troops into Ukraine, and the country’s navy restricting part of the Black Sea, the United States expressed outrage and threatened retaliation.
US President Joe Biden warned Vladimir Putin that America reserves “the right to respond to any Russian reprisals against the United States” on Friday.
The EU has also expressed fears that it only takes “a spark” to ignite a conflict between Russia and Ukraine after Moscow moved troops.
Josep Borrell, a senior EU diplomat, said after a virtual meeting of EU foreign ministers: “This is the highest military deployment ever by the Russian army on Ukraine’s borders.
“It’s definitely a concern when you deploy a lot of troops.
“Well, a spark may fly here or there.”
EU figures indicate that more than 100,000 Russian troops have massed on the Ukrainian borders and in Crimea.
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British warships will also sail to the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions, senior naval sources say.
The Sunday Times reported that the deployment was to show solidarity with Ukraine and Britain’s NATO allies.
A Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and a Type 23 anti-submarine frigate will leave the Royal Navy’s transport group in the Mediterranean and head across the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea, according to the report .
RAF F-35B Lightning stealth aircraft and Merlin submarine-hunting helicopters will be ready on the task group’s flagship, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, to support warships in the Black Sea, adds the report.