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Russia mulls retaliation after sanctions hit Crimea airline

Published on Aug 5, 2014 10:50 PM
 
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (top) inspects a Boeing 737-800 NG, owned by Dobrolet airline, with Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov (right, bottom) and Aeroflot CEO and Director General Vitaly Savelyev (second right, bottom) seen in the foreground, at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow on June 10, 2014. Russia is considering retaliating against Western nations after new sanctions grounded a subsidiary of flagship carrier Aeroflot over the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia is considering retaliating against Western nations after new sanctions grounded a subsidiary of flagship carrier Aeroflot over the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.

Aeroflot's low-cost subsidiary Dobrolet which flew to Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, said on the weekend it was forced to ground all its flights because of EU sanctions hitting its leases for Boeing aircraft.

"We need to discuss possible retaliatory steps," the Russian prime minister said in remarks released by his office as he convened a meeting with the transport minister and a top Aeroflot executive.

A report in a respected business daily said Russia was mulling a total or partial ban on European airlines flying over Russia to Asia.

 
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