RUSSIA CAN CRIPPLE THE WEST WITH A VERY SIMPLE COUNTER-SANCTION

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

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/05/2014 08:22 -0400
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-05/russia-plans-airspace-blockade-european-flyovers-sanctions-retaliation

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?

2 comments

  • theunhivedmind

    I think the great Vladimir Putin should bring about this counter-sanction and we can laugh at how quick New Venice backs down or ramps up an instant global war like the cornered nefarious vermin they are. Shut off the gas as well oh great Putin and put a further sting in the fascist EU’s backside. The British Empire needs to be destroyed once and for all. I will go without heating so the great Putin can destroy the Venetian slave system. No one needs to have vacations so the average man should not be affected by the airline issue just businesses.

    -= The Unhived Mind

  • sasquatch

    Indeed I would quite happily live the country lifestyle for a while/long time to see the same result achieved. I also agree it would be great to see the bear have a go at some cockroach stomping.

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