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Efforts underway to resolve ban on flights to Russia

The Russian embassy in Nicosia was doing its best within its powers to help resolve a problem created after Russian authorities banned Cyprus Airways from carrying passengers to Moscow.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Russian embassy said it was monitoring the situation and taking steps within its competencies to resolve it.

“We contacted Moscow and tried to do our best in cooperation with the Russian authorities to resolve this problem as soon as possible,” an embassy spokesman told the Cyprus News Agency later.

The spokesman said the issue was being handled by the country’s civil aviation authority, adding that they were informed of the matter on Monday and they conveyed the transport minister’s position to Moscow and were expecting its response.

Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said Monday the government will do whatever necessary to resolve the issue.

Cyprus’ department of civil aviation had contacted its Russian counterpart to clarify the issue as there are agreements between the two countries, he said.

According to the minister, it appeared that the decision was taken as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“However, we have asked our civil aviation to clarify this move since with this decision, Russian citizens will also not be able to travel from Cyprus to their country.”

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