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U.S. Airlines' Rights to Fly Over Russia Expire

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U.S. airlines sought the State Department’s help as agreements to cross Russian airspace expire and both sides wait on the other to set a date to resume negotiations.

Representatives from U.S. carriers, trade associations and unions met Tuesday with Manisha Singh, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, after Russia’s Transportation Ministry pulled out of talks set for Wednesday and Thursday and asked the U.S. to suggest new dates, according to a State Department spokesperson.