Russia Bans Flights over Syria

CNC reporting from Moscow
Added On May 1, 2013

Russia has banned its airlines from flying over Syria.

This comes after a Russian civilian plane was reported to have come under an unspecified threat in Syrian airspace.

The ban was announced on Tuesday by Russia's state air transport agency.

All Russian airlines are ordered to avoid routes over Syria.

SOUNDBITE (RUSSIAN) ALEKSANDR LUKASHEVICH, Russian FM Spokesman:
"The crew of a Nordwind charter flight carrying 159 people from the Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh to the Russian city of Kazan saw conflicts on the ground that endangered the plane. The aircraft landed in Kazan safely."

The plane that was allegedly targeted belonged to Russian charter air carrier Nordwind Airlines.

Moscow has long called for a peaceful solution to Syria's two-year crisis.