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Emirates Says Russians Also Have Right to Travel Despite Ukraine

An Airbus SE A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

An Airbus SE A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg

Emirates President Tim Clark said the Russian people have every right to continue traveling regardless of sanctions on the economy, defending the Gulf carrier’s maintenance of regular services despite the invasion of Ukraine.

Emirates will carry on operating to Russia for as long as it is told to do so by its owner, the government of Dubai, Clark told Bloomberg Television in an interview on Tuesday. The airline currently serves Moscow twice daily and St. Petersburg once a day, linking the cities with its vast global network via a stop in the Gulf state.