European aviation watchdog urges airlines to avoid Crimea airspace

PARIS (AFP) - The European aviation safety watchdog on Thursday urged airlines to avoid the airspace above Crimea, warning of "serious risks" after the peninsula was annexed by Russia.

In a statement, the European Aviation Safety Agency said Russia's stated intention of taking over air traffic above Crimea, which is currently under Ukraine's responsibility, posed "serious risks to the safety of international civil flights".

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