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Russia Hits Back on Sanctions, Bars EU Carriers From Skies

  • U.K., Canada are also part of Moscow’s retaliation measures
  • EU sanctioned Russia over weekend after invasion of Ukraine
A Deutsche Lufthansa AG aircraft at Domodedovo airport in Moscow, Russia.

A Deutsche Lufthansa AG aircraft at Domodedovo airport in Moscow, Russia.

Photographer: Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg

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Russia barred airlines from the European Union, Canada and a host of other countries from its airspace in retaliation to sanctions they imposed in response to its invasion of Ukraine. 

The move announced Monday in Moscow formally puts a wide swath of Russia -- a key route for travel between Europe and Asia -- off-limits for major carriers such as Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Those airlines and others, including Finnair Oyj and British Airways owner IAG SA, had already begun going around Russia or removing flights to Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo from their schedules.