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Ukraine crisis: Europe, Canada set to close airspace to Russian planes

Russia is now widely expected to further retaliate against the air blockades and other sanctions

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European nations and Canada moved on Sunday to shut their airspace to Russian aircraft, an unprecedented step aimed at pressuring President Vladimir Putin to end his invasion of Ukraine, the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.

The ban on Russian jets comes as the airline industry continues to grapple with the effects of the global pandemic that is still straining demand for travel.

Germany and France joined Britain, the Nordics and Baltic states in announcing bans on Russian use of their airspace, a major escalation in a tactic by mostly NATO allies to wage economic war against Putin

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First Published: Feb 28 2022 | 1:40 AM IST

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