Closing Russian Airspace: What Does Moscow Want to Tell the West?


Something strange and incomprehensible is happening in the Russian sky. After the airspace over our friendly Belarus was temporarily closed by the decision of the Aviation Security Agency, Moscow de facto closed its own for European air carriers. What is this, another "cunning plan" of the Kremlin on how to intercede for its only ally in the western direction, or is it banal Russian sluggishness? Let's figure it out.


Recall that the formal reason to "cut" Belarus from the single airspace of the Old World was the resonant detention of opposition leader Roman Protasevich, whose activities in his homeland are recognized as extremist, and who has a very curious biography and social circle. The plane of the Irish airline Ryanair, on which Protasevich was flying with his girlfriend Elena Sapieha, was deployed in the air due to reports of a possible finding of an explosive device on board and escorted to Minsk accompanied by a fighter of the RB Air Force. The bomb was not found, but these two "public figures" ended up in the hands of the Belarusian special services. This fact terribly angered the entire Western and domestic liberal community, and Minsk is accused of almost state terrorism without any trial. As a result, until the international legal assessment of the Belarusian authorities was completed, flights over its airspace were temporarily prohibited. Rather, European air carriers were strongly advised to refrain from them. Leading Western airlines followed this advice.

Therefore, Belarus now needs to somehow fly around, for example, through the Baltic States or Ukraine and further through our country, depending on the route chosen, which means an increase in flight time and carrier costs. And then the fun began. First, Air France complained about the refusal to fly from Paris to Moscow bypassing Belarus. Then Austrian Airlines announced the impossibility of flying from Vienna to the Russian capital. The Austrian Foreign Ministry hastily expressed their indignation:

The Russian reaction is absolutely incomprehensible to us.


What is it, "greetings from the Kremlin" or just "it happened"?

Sluggishness?


So far, most industry experts are inclined to this banal version, who do not see in the case political background. European carriers are right, as they follow the recommendations of the EU Aviation Safety Agency, but Russia is also in its own right. To obtain permission to fly through our airspace, air carriers make official requests, specifying parameters such as the point of entry and the desired list of routes. The Russian side studies and approves them, or corrects them. The decision to temporarily suspend flights through Belarus was made on Tuesday, and from Wednesday to Moscow, applications for re-routing were to be poured. That is, Air France and Austrian Airlines obviously already had permits to fly through the Belarusian airspace, but they wanted to get a new one. Perhaps we simply did not have time for some technical reason, hence the refusal.

True, there is one caveat that calls into question the realism of this version. The fact is that flights to the European Union are still closed for Russia due to coronavirus restrictions. More precisely, we can fly to Portugal, Malta, Iceland or Serbia as tourists, but not to Austria or France. The canceled flights, due to which the fuss began, were charter, so-called "export" flights. And what, just such a blockage suddenly formed at the Russian dispatchers, that they are not able to redirect a couple of planes? If so, then this sluggishness should go down in legend.

A "tricky plan"?


If flights from Europe bypassing Belarus are not resumed in the coming days, then vague doubts will begin to transform into a version about a certain "message from the Kremlin" to its Western partners. Nowadays there is a popular point of view that if Moscow closes flights to Europeans bypassing Belarusian territory, Brussels will respond to our country symmetrically. Say, Russian airlines will not be allowed to fly to Paris or Vienna. Let's admit. But what will Europe do if the Kremlin closes all of its airspace to European air carriers altogether?

Let's not forget that, due to its unique geographic location, Russia is the most important transit crossroads on the way from Europe to Asia and back. Not because of a good life, but out of necessity, airlines of the Old World pay Aeroflot $ 300 million in "flight money" a year. If they also have to fly around our country, the cost of tickets will rise sharply, and then the passenger flow will be reduced. Companies will start to suffer even more losses and go bankrupt, and many of them are already struggling to stay afloat due to coronavirus restrictions.

So, let's suppose that Moscow deliberately introduced an unspoken temporary ban on flights bypassing Belarus. What goals can it pursue in this way? Let's say to urge the West to forget about its "omnipotence" and remember about its own liberal-democratic values. For example, about the presumption of innocence, about the fact that we must first wait for the results of the international investigation of the actions of the Belarusian authorities, and only then take her into a transport blockade. And not in the blockade, of course, since restrictive measures should be more targeted, lay down directly on the responsible persons, and not the whole country as a whole, and correspond to the severity of the act. It would be nice if it really turned out that Moscow stood up for Minsk like that.
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  1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 28 May 2021 16: 14
    +2
    I am tormented by vague doubts ... What if "all this" looks like "sluggishness", is commented by Peskov's mustache as "sluggishness" and previously sounded like "we are not going to harness this conflict ....", then it is not easy " sluggishness ". And an attempt to reach out to their "partners" in the lowest possible way according to the well-known template "we are ours, we are bourgeois ..." What is this "sluggishness". There is another word for that.

    Only about HPP - well, no need. On edge already ...
    1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
      Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 28 May 2021 16: 45
      +3
      That would be Platoshkin, he would wow!
      I would show all the bourgeois ...
  2. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 28 May 2021 16: 34
    +6
    The actions of the Western “partners” can only be called a punk - they declared a boycott before the investigation of the incident and do not want to listen to any explanations from Belarus.
    In theory, all the states of the EAEU, BRICS, CIS, but first of all the Russian Federation, should support Belarus. I guess this will be one of the topics at the upcoming meeting.
    It is also necessary to raise the issue of purchasing and using foreign-made aircraft. We need to develop our civil aircraft industry.
    The ban on flights through the airspace of the Russian Federation should be immediate, official and public, and apply to all states and air campaigns that have declared a boycott of our union state - Belarus.
    Otherwise, the Russian Federation will actually reveal to the world the face of a traitor who has turned its back on a comrade in a difficult moment for him and who will not have faith in anyone, and it will be possible to forget about the union state forever.
    The main carrier in the Russian Federation is state-owned Aeroflot, a planned unprofitable structure. Private air carriers are subsidized by the state directly or through taxes, loans, benefits and preferences, and they will simply transfer their losses to the state budget, losing nothing, and the state budget suffers not such losses due to misuse and embezzlement.
    1. trampoline instructor (Bazil Bazil) 28 May 2021 17: 24
      -5
      The actions of the Western "partners" can only be called a punk - they declared a boycott before the investigation of the incident

      The ban on flights through the airspace of the Russian Federation should be immediately official and public.

      That is, the "partners" have made a prank.
      And if the Russian Federation declares a boycott before the end of the investigation, then everything will be correct and fair.

      It is also necessary to raise the issue of purchasing and using foreign-made aircraft.

      Yes, yes, then "dear Russians" will firmly sit on their own superjet, and until they sit down - they will use road transport.

      How can all this insanity fit into one Bolivar pot :))
    2. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 28 May 2021 17: 40
      +5
      Let me disagree with you on some issues hi

      Otherwise, the Russian Federation will actually reveal to the world the face of a traitor who has turned its back on a comrade in a difficult moment for him and who will not have faith in anyone, and it will be possible to forget about the union state forever.

      Maybe first ask an ally about the ownership of Crimea? Or ask if he will compensate us for our financial losses? He himself did not hesitate to ask if anything. This I mean that your noble impulses are certainly commendable, but unfortunately politics is a dirty business and they think in completely different categories.

      The main carrier in the Russian Federation is state-owned Aeroflot, a planned unprofitable structure. Private air carriers are subsidized by the state directly or through taxes, loans, benefits and preferences, and they will simply transfer their losses to the state budget, losing nothing, and the state budget suffers not such losses due to misuse and embezzlement.

      There is nothing unique in this situation, I am in the sense of supporting air carriers.
      France-KLM, for example, received 3,4 billion euros, Lufthansa 9 billion euros (although about 3 in the form of soft loans and state guarantees, but does not change the essence of the matter), the help was probably not limited to this.

      https://www.smarteranalyst.com/stock-news/ryanair-wins-court-challenge-to-state-aid-for-rivals-klm-and-tap/
      https://www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/lufthansa-rettungspaket-regierung-101.html

      On Aftershock today I read that in the EU as a whole, airlines received 30 billion euros. In my opinion, the estimate is adequate, perhaps the amount is even greater.
      In my opinion, you are a little at ease, I would even say you are somewhat frivolous about the budget. Of course, we will survive the losses, but what will we get in return from an ally? What will Alexander Grigorievich say? After all, we support Belarus and not personally Lukashenka. We must first of all be guided by the interests of our countries. Lukashenka makes loud statements from the stands, people like it, but it is worth considering who will pay for the banquet.
      The termination of air traffic, the supply of petroleum products, and so on will certainly not have the best effect on the budget of the Republic of Belarus. Did he foresee this? Something I doubt ... Perhaps things are not going well for him and he simply has no other choice. Apparently everything went to something like that. That's why it works, and the landing of the plane is just an excuse and a catalyst. It seems that he started an election campaign.
      These are the thoughts out loud ...
      Sorry if you hurt anything hi
    3. Aleks PV Offline Aleks PV
      Aleks PV (Aleks PV) 30 May 2021 06: 19
      +2
      Here are just no need for traitors. How many times has Lukashenka betrayed the Russian Federation? Could you tell? Well, remember at least "Belarusian shrimps", probably caught in the same "Belarusian sea" (this is for Psaki, geography is its hypostasis). Yes, there are a thousand examples. And Crimea? Old Man's union state is always beneficial only in one direction, of course his. "Give me money, or I'll go west." So what about the "comrades" is also not necessary.
  3. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 28 May 2021 17: 00
    -3
    A Kremlin prisoner is not capable of this, he cannot let his partners from Euroreich down
    1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 28 May 2021 17: 30
      +4
      Haifa knows better ... Who would argue ... wink winked smile
      1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
        Kofesan (Valery) 28 May 2021 19: 26
        0
        What does "look" and "see" have to do with it, Peter? After all, the belly is always more perspicacious, even from the moon, even even completely ... from Khatsapetovka? ... Don't be offended, Peter! I was not joking evil ... laughing Do you "see" this?
        1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 28 May 2021 19: 48
          0
          Valera hello! I can see several spiers of mountains from the 9th floor of the nine-story building. Moscow. After the parade, planes fly overhead and helicopters to the left. Really, beautiful !!!
          1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
            Kofesan (Valery) 28 May 2021 20: 20
            -1
            Class! good Good evening, Peter! .... Okay, and I'll brag. I have nothing too, I would say beautiful. This is from the second floor !!! I see steam from the cooling towers of the Novovoronezh NPP (but only in good and clear weather). A small little white column like that. It's 40 km away! Now I looked out on purpose, at the limit - but I see. He (steam) over the surface of the Voronezh reservoir, we sometimes call him "the sea", almost for the entire "panorama". All this is in the greenery of the "forests". No "industrial zones". The weather is super. Tomorrow - to the dacha. The mood is appropriate. I am glad that you also feel yourself in the center of civilization. It would seem, live and rejoice ... Silently ...
            But sometimes, ... for the state - it's a shame! Somehow ours behaves "in a Jewish way" ...
            And Victor is right ... "to the very point"
            1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 28 May 2021 20: 30
              +1
              And from our window of the thermal power plant - six!
              You think of flying, you look, steam up or parallel to the ground ...
              You can't trust Yandex ...
              Everything is lying about the wind ... fellow
              1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
                Kofesan (Valery) 28 May 2021 23: 00
                -3
                "I..s"? Breshet, you bastard, like a gray gelding, that's for sure. On the mood loot nags. Dutch, ..., taxpayer. What can you get from him? It’s good for them under Putin, excuse me that I’m turning to "my own" ... To transplant everyone there, including the cleaning ladies. Because the enemies there are fierce. And "sberbank", headed by Gref, collects scraps after him ... Also, for money !, churns out future revolutionaries. But! The mosquito will not undermine the nose. Not specific names are riveted, but general dissatisfaction with usurers.

                What do you mean, "Think of flying," are you a pilot, or what?
                1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 28 May 2021 23: 22
                  0
                  Yes, Valera, model aircraft designer, the hobby is simply amazing ...
  4. trampoline instructor (Bazil Bazil) 28 May 2021 18: 28
    +1
    The canceled flights, due to which the fuss began, were charter, so-called "export"

    We inform you that the Russian operational headquarters for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus infection has made a decision to terminate the export flight program from September 21, 2020. During this time, more than 16 people flew to Russia on 2300 special charters.

    From the message of the operational headquarters, it follows that the program of the so-called "export" flights was terminated on September 21, 2020.
  5. Eduard Aplombov Offline Eduard Aplombov
    Eduard Aplombov (Eduard Aplombov) 28 May 2021 19: 27
    -2
    time goes on and vague torments appear with him, then that the bow has tied a rat is normal, but are there any long-playing plans in the game of the mustachioed in this situation, he is far from simple in the game * how to sit on the throne longer * maybe he calculated the West's response and intends to raise rates, they allow him to sit on the throne for an indefinite period of time, milk Russia, with sauce * our brothers, in the trenches rotted together not in our war * but there he may also aim at an armed clash with Western dwarfs, and what, Russia will support with money and with their lives
    the ball spun around and there are more and more nodules.
    1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 28 May 2021 20: 08
      0
      Hello Edward!
      If it's not a secret, where are we posting from?
      I'm from MSC.
  6. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 28 May 2021 20: 24
    -2
    Moscow has de facto closed its own for European air carriers.

    It's hard to believe. But what about the SP-2? Donate for the sake of Belarus? In a day or two, it will already be known for sure.
  7. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 28 May 2021 23: 59
    0
    And, for sure, all these flights are tied by contracts, so any gag will cost a pretty penny ...

    Vaughn Media announced more than once about the end of the railway communication with Ukra, and about the end of flights through Ukra, but no, again they go and fly outside of any media ...

    Loot does not smell, Ukraine is the most important partner, "we must be happy" (GDP)

    They will rage, they will measure themselves, and everything will be as before ... Well, the Russian Federation will pay fines to the courts, and Aeroflot will be given money from the budget ...
  8. Alexander Pankov (Alexander Pankow) 29 May 2021 02: 27
    +3
    It seems that there is no concept here yet, just a reflex, but understandable. Belarus is the only friend, and they do not leave friends in trouble. Except in the West, of course. But that is another story...
  9. Igor IT Offline Igor IT
    Igor IT (Igor Ivanov-Tyurin) 29 May 2021 11: 31
    0
    A gorgeous opportunity to put pressure on Europe and at the same time tie Luka to yourself even more ...
    We can then fly around Europe without problems, but they will be very expensive to fly around US
  10. Igor Lyamin Offline Igor Lyamin
    Igor Lyamin (Igor Lyamin) 29 May 2021 12: 37
    -1
    GDP, apparently, is at a crossroads - and I do not want to throw "Western friends", and the "ally" must be supported - the position is cunning: what are we ?, we are nothing, we are for order. Putin has such a trait - both ours and yours.
  11. Vkpo Offline Vkpo
    Vkpo (Vlad) 29 May 2021 14: 51
    +2
    So already opened. As far as I understand, it was necessary to work out new routes.
  12. Vasil K. Offline Vasil K.
    Vasil K. (Vasil K.) 30 May 2021 00: 40
    0
    Should Russia rebook flight routes bypassing Belarus for free? I saw, and often, a very constructive announcement - "Any whim for your money!"
  13. Ruslan_3 Offline Ruslan_3
    Ruslan_3 (Ruslan Berlinsky) 30 May 2021 11: 46
    0
    Something in the news, I have not heard this .. and why didn’t they do it before? not because of Belarus and defending their interests, in response to sanctions? you give us sanctions, fly side, you build planes? -Fuck you and not titan..why defending Belarusians and not defending ourselves and allow all sorts of schnicks to spit at us? I mean the lousy Baltic ... if only everyone who decided to teach us how to live or to impose sanctions was given snot so that there would be splashes all over Europe, there would be no one who would even want to breathe in our direction, let alone vyakat
  14. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 30 May 2021 15: 22
    -3
    For example, about the presumption of innocence, about the fact that we must first wait for the results of the international investigation of the actions of the Belarusian authorities, and only then take her into a transport blockade.

    The proceedings for this particular incident can take years. Air carriers need to take care of the safety of their customers now.
  15. Ben latin Offline Ben latin
    Ben latin (Valentine Latin) 30 May 2021 18: 34
    +1
    ... in 11 years of illegal anti-Russian sanctions (starting with the "Magnitsky case"), the account of which has already exceeded a hundred. No state in the modern world would simply not stand it. So, not a single country of the collective West has taken an interest, for a whole decade, in the fate of the common Russian people. What "correspondence of the degree of punishment" does the author write about, if the sweetest dream of Europeans and Americans is to see Russia without a population? ....
  16. Tedi Offline Tedi
    Tedi (Tedi) 30 May 2021 22: 00
    0
    they have been curing the vaccine for three months and will still be, for the same time they will be deprived of flights over Russia and everything will be garlic
  17. Canich-dotoshnii 1 June 2021 06: 30
    +2
    Isn't it terrorism when the plane landed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez? Not a single pig from Western Europe raised a squeal.
    The authorities of Belarus did the right thing. It is necessary to crush these nits.
    1. Sergey Borsuk Offline Sergey Borsuk
      Sergey Borsuk (Sergey Borsuk) 2 June 2021 09: 02
      0
      and from Russia none of the pigs raised a howl either, they smelled a bit and that's it !!
      1. Canich-dotoshnii 15 June 2021 15: 46
        0
        So Russia is ruled by citizens of enemy states.
        https://terranist2012.livejournal.com/1039076.html

        https://rusmonitor.com/spisok-deputatov-senatorov-ministrov-rf-s-grazhdanstvom-stran-nato.html
  18. Sergey Borsuk Offline Sergey Borsuk
    Sergey Borsuk (Sergey Borsuk) 2 June 2021 09: 01
    0
    nothing, nothing Russia will not close, no one in Russia will refuse the dough, unfortunately !!!
  19. Mazay_2 Offline Mazay_2
    Mazay_2 (Anatoly Chubar) 2 June 2021 14: 56
    0
    Everything is stipulated by contracts. The EU forces airlines to violate signed contracts. Russia is reacting correctly. Let's say the agreements determine the volumes of gas transit to the EU through Ukraine. But Europe did not have enough and Russia refused additional supplies, not going beyond the volumes stipulated in the contracts. Who is right? Europe is used to steer as it wants and when it wants. Russia says that this is no longer possible. And it is right.
  20. Yuri Mikhailovich Kharitonov (Yuri Mikhailovich Kharitonov) 5 June 2021 18: 38
    +1
    Belarus caught the dude with his girlfriend and did the right thing. The rest is road dust; there is a life-and-death war. To stand without listening to the howling of jackals ...