MOSCOW, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Russia accused Ukrainian authorities Wednesday of violating a bilateral agreement on air transportation and putting air travelers at risk.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Ukrainian border service has banned the crews of Russian commercial planes leaving their aircraft after landing on Ukrainian territory.
This disrupted the timetable of work and rest of the planes' crews and violated international regulations on flight safety, the ministry said.
The ministry cited the most recent incident on March 24, when a second pilot of Russia's flagship Aeroflot airline was denied permission to leave the plane following its arrival at Kiev's Borispol International Airport.
"Russia insists on an unconditional end to that irresponsible practice by Ukraine, which jeopardizes the safety of commercial air transportation," the ministry said in an online statement.
Aeroflot is authorized by the Russian government to conduct regular commercial flights to Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministry sent a note to the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow on Tuesday, highlighting the intergovernmental agreement on air transportation signed in 1994.
Kiev condemns Russian forces attacks on Ukraine's military units
KIEV, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Tuesday strongly condemned the attacks by the Russian troops on Ukraine's military units in Crimea. Full story
Russia sees Ukraine in state of anarchy
MOSCOW, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Moscow sees the current situation in Ukraine as anarchy which has nothing to do with a state ruled by law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Full story
Ukraine to withdraw troops from Crimea: acting president
KIEV, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The National Defence and Security Council has ordered the Defence Ministry to pull Ukrainian military forces out of Crimea, acting president Alexandr Turchynov announced here Monday. Full story
Crimea is part of Russia: Belarusian president
MINSK, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said that Belarus accepts Crimea to be a de-facto part of Russia.
Lukashenko said no one is demanding that Belarus legally recognize Crimea as part of the Russian Federation. "Crimea isn't an independent state. It's part of the Russian territory. One can recognize or not recognize that, it will change nothing," Lukashenko told reporters in Minsk on Sunday. Full story