WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will ban Russian aircraft from entering U.S. airspace in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. The decision follows similar action by Canada and the European Union earlier this week, Time reports.
The U.S. also bans flights from U.S. airspace to Russia. Earlier, United Airlines announced that it would no longer fly through Russian airspace, following other American carriers such as American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The decision to avoid Russian airspace means that United is temporarily suspending its routes to Delhi and Mumbai.
In addition to the U.S. Government’s ban, American aircraft manufacturer Boeing also announced on Tuesday that it’s suspending its support for Russian airlines and its operations in Moscow until further notice. Boeing made the decision in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which the company disapproves of.
“We have suspended major operations in Moscow and temporarily closed our office in Kiev.” We are also suspending the supply of parts, maintenance and technical support for Russian airlines. As the conflict (in Ukraine) continues, our teams are focused on ensuring the safety of our teammates in the region,” a Boeing spokesperson said.
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