Canada’s minister of transportation announced on Sunday that it has blocked its airspace to Russian aircraft operators, effective immediately, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Other countries have announced similar actions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a tweet, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said, “We will hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked strikes against Ukraine.”
Although there are no direct flights between Russia and Canada, multiple Russian flights fly through Canadian airspace each day on their way to other countries, according to an Alghabra representative.
Britain has banned Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot from entering British airspace. Poland and Czech Republic also said they were banning Russian airlines from their airspace, while airlines including IAG-owned ICAG.L British Airways and Virgin Atlantic began routing flights around Russian airspace.
Canada has imposed severe sanctions on Russia, targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in tandem with the United States. Canada was also part of a Western alliance that blocked “selected” Russian banks from the SWIFT payments system on Saturday.