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Ukraine Rejects Russia's Proposal To Talk On Flight Resumption

The Russian aviation agency has proposed to continue negotiations with Ukraine's aviation authorities on resuming flights between the two countries, but Kyiv quickly turned down the offer.

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, says it sent a letter to the State Aviation Service of Ukraine on October 28, in which “readiness was expressed to continue dialogue with the aims of reviving soon air transportation between Russian and Ukraine."

A spokesman for Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry said talks could only start "if Russia pays existing fines and stops flying to restricted areas, principally Crimea."

Ukraine banned flights by Russian airlines from October 25 in reprisal for Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Russia called the ban "madness" and mirrored the move.

Tens of thousands of passengers will be affected by the bans every month.

They are now forced to take longer, more expensive routes via third countries, or to brace themselves for a 13-hour trip by train.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax