No Fly Zone: Russia Plans Airspace Blockade For European Flyovers In Sanction Retaliation

Tyler Durden's picture

Russia has been quiet, too quiet, since the EU and US unleashed their latest set of sanctions. However, as military drills and troop build-ups occur on Ukraine's borders, Reuters reports that Russian Prime Minister Medvedev is considering a significant retaliation, "any unfriendly measures by the EU, including those in the area of air transportation, we’ll be studied and won’t remain without a response." Russian business daily Vedomosti quoted unnamed sources as saying the foreign and transport ministries were discussing possible action which might force EU airlines into long and costly detours and put them at a disadvantage to Asian rivals by restricting or banning European airlines from flying over Siberia on busy Asian routes. Costs? Over $1.3bn for every months for Lufthansa, BA, and Air France...


As Reuters reports,

The Russian business daily Vedomosti quoted unnamed sources as saying the foreign and transport ministries were discussing possible action which might force EU airlines into long and costly detours and put them at a disadvantage to Asian rivals.

Russia may restrict or ban European airlines from flying over Siberia on busy Asian routes, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, following Western sanctions which have grounded one Russian carrier and a billionaire's private jet.

This would not be the first time...

At the height of the Cold War, most Western airlines were barred from flying through Russian airspace to Asian cities, and instead had to operate via the Gulf or the U.S. airport of Anchorage, Alaska on the polar route.

Costs could be considerable...

Blocking flights by Western airlines over Siberia would add an average an hour and a half to the travel time, Oleg Panteleev, head of the analytical department of the Aviaport agency told Vedomosti. It will result in higher fuel and labor costs, and more strain on technical equipment.

Vedomosti quoted one source as saying a ban could cost carriers including Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) over three months. Restrictions would lead to longer flights, higher fuel use and other additional costs.

Lufthansa said it operates about 180 flights a week through Siberian airspace but declined further comment, as did British Airways.

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Though both ministries refused to officially comment, a person close to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “any unfriendly measures by the EU, including those in the area of air transportation, we’ll be studied and won’t remain without a response.”

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How long before Europe breaks away from Washington? And the land-for-gas deal becomes reality?

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pods's picture

Someone just kicked it up a notch, and it wasn't Emeril.


ilion's picture

It would be a major blow to EU if they did it but considering that Aeroflot is currently getting around 300 M USD annually from fly-over fees then I doubt it will ever take place.

Dutti's picture

I'm glad Putin is one of the few standing up against the US bullies and their Euro followers. Thanks for taking in Snowden!

COSMOS's picture

Are the Euros truly this dumb to commit financial/economic suicide on the orders of the USA?

Call them the Dumb Union, DU


JustObserving's picture

Decades of NSA spying will do that for you.  You don't think that NSA does not have Merkel completely compromised?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I don't know why anyone would fly over Russia anyway after this tragic Malaysian airlines disaster. It's one thing to fund an upriing in Ukraine, but targeting civilians is another thing altogether. It's time for the US and NATO to take action because if we allow this kind of behaviour then there is no limit to what corrupt nations like Russia will do.

BigJim's picture

It's where an MDB takes it, every night.

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

Remember that Putin hates to fight with Oblama because a real man does not fight with a girl!!!

americanreality's picture

My 8 year old nephew could do better than that.  You are not clever at all.  

Miles Ahead's picture

@BigJim...  dayam! rotf...

Why does MDB's humor offend some of you guys so much?  The guy's hilarious. What's with the hostility; can't take a joke?  It's a hellova lot better than all the psuedo intellectuals posting so much drivel on here.  He keeps it funny, as did fonestar.  Where is he these days?  He was killing me...

DeadFred's picture

Maybe he should fight with Michelle instead?

666's picture

Should the sanctions be applied by Russia, the USSA taxpayers will be forced by Obummer to pay for any economic loss to the EU due to higher fuel or other costs. The USSA only knows how to buy friends, not make them.

JustObserving's picture

Congratulations for buying Western propaganda hook, line and sinker.

Today, on the other hand, the CIA is directing an incendiary propaganda campaign against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, a campaign that seems intent on provoking a direct military confrontation with the country with the second largest nuclear arsenal in the world. There is no question that the CIA is mobilizing all the resources and assets it commands—within governments, the media, and among academics—in a carefully orchestrated campaign aimed at polluting public opinion with anti-Russian hysteria.

As of now, there is nothing approaching a definitive explanation of the chain of events that led to the destruction of MH17. Despite all the massive surveillance technology at its disposal, upon which it lavishes tens of billions of dollars annually, the US intelligence agencies have not produced a shred of hard evidence to back up the accusations of Russian responsibility.

BigJim's picture

We'll know it's serious when Russia shuts down the Northern Corridor:

Russia announced plans to create a NATO transit hub in Ulyanovsk in March 2012. The decision sparked protests in the city which is the birthplace of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.[40][41] In late June 2012 Russia approved ground and air transit of NATO goods over its territory from Afghanistan. An order signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and dated 25 June 2012 allows the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to move their consignments, including some types of weapons and military hardware,[42] from and to Afghanistan via a Russian base in the Airport Ulyanovsk Vostochny by rail, road and air, in contrast with the previous permission, which sanctioned only ground transit. But the order imposes a list of conditions, including customs clearance, availability of official certificates and other requirements which ensure the goods' transparency on Russia's territory.[43] Moscow has been considering allowing NATO to use Ulyanovsk Air Base only for the transit of non-lethal cargos to and from Afghanistan. The planned agreement however stirred a wave of criticism and protests in Russia, with many being strongly opposed to what they consider a “NATO base” on Russian soil. But high-ranking Moscow officials insisted according to Russian TV network RT that no NATO military base or the presence of the alliance’s civil and military personnel is intended, but only civilian logistics facilities.[42]

COSMOS's picture

Im pretty sure they did, I thought that is why the USA set up the Romania base, besides their gold deposits and frackable gas

BigJim's picture

Maybe... but I couldn't find any mention of the Russians closing it.

I feel sure they would have set up a base in Romania even if they hadn't, though; NATO just loves itself some new bases.

conscious being's picture

Big Jim - for now, it might suit Russia to have US forces fighting jihadis on the edge of their sphere of influence.

Sandmann's picture

It was negotiated by the Schroeder Administration in Germany

RECISION's picture

Don't feed the bitch... opps, I mean Troll...

oudinot's picture

Are you nuts?  Blaming Russia for the Malaysian 17 disaster?   

I gues you don't read much, you are a troll or just intellectually challenged: or all three.

conscious being's picture

Relax. Famously well known Troll w/ his own following.

Taint Boil's picture



I thought Russia shoots down commercial airliners - hmmmm

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Big deal. We should boycot Russia as a vacation destination anyway. 

Postal's picture

Uhhh, now why would I give up a night of wild fun with hot Russian women just to hang out here in the States and deal with fat, bitchy slobs who expect to be treated like royality?

The Chief's picture

Shit, I have Merkel completely compromised. Who doesnt have Merkel completely compromised?

It's the useless eaters that....oh, nevermind.

BrosephStiglitz's picture

Not the educated.  Just the uneducated and the politicians.

Spitzer's picture

I certainly hope not.

Why would Europe torpedo it's onwn interest just to afford the seppo petrodollar some time ?

conscious being's picture

Why?? See reference to NSA enabled blackmail up thread.

sethstorm's picture

Except that the US will win - and that Snowden will get to know the wonders of exercising in Florence ADX.

Urban Redneck's picture

Look at the Comtrade data, travel is one of the front lines the capital flow war, and the EU has already engaged on this front.

j0nx's picture

Money talks. BS walks. Game, set, match Russia.

Sudden Debt's picture


I was just planning a romantic citytrip to Siberia with the misses this weekend!!




COSMOS's picture

Dont bring her along, the Russian women have much more to offer.

Miles Ahead's picture

Dont bring her along, the Russian women have much more to offer.

... than your missus.

Fixed it.  And who needs all that empty space below his comment anyway. 

And Leo baby, don't worry.  We will read what you wrote.  Promise.  No need to always bold.

813kml's picture

I think you misspelled 'mistress'.

orangegeek's picture

get the drones - fly them over moscow and if shot at, return fire

TheReplacement's picture

Downed drones won't do it - look at Iran.

We need pilots.  I volunteer you to go first.

JRobby's picture

Pure genius. Go back to your gaming console and report back in a week.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


get the drones - fly them over moscow and if shot at, return fire

Ah, another brilliant, reality-based 'american' strategy, revealing depth of thought and careful planning, no doubt with contingencies for various potential consequences.

I presume that phase 2 involves sending in Superman, John Wayne, and Rambo.

barre-de-rire's picture

hmmm no, actually this is phase 3.

Uncle Remus's picture

So, we've skipped over Doris' oats then?

elegance's picture

No one can fly those routes through Russian airspace, asian airlines included, or they can't operate them from EU - to keep level ground. There, sorted. GRU agent Durden dissapointed sad face :(