Russia considers closing airspace to Western airlines

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  1. jaw_24
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/world/europe/russia-sanctions.html?_r=0

    Russia was still considering various measures involving aviation, including a ban on flights over Siberia, which would affect routes used by European and American airlines that fly to Asia, he told a cabinet meeting broadcast live on state-run satellite news channels.

    Narrowing the air corridors open to Western carriers was another possibility, he said. Mr. Medvedev announced that all Ukrainian air carriers were barred from transiting Russian air space — effectively ending many flights to former Soviet republics from Kiev. In the Soviet era, all Western airlines were barred from flying across Russia, and barring them now would increase both costs and flying times again.​
     
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    world is becoming seemingly more unsafe..
     
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    So ban all Russkie airlines from flying to NA and all EU countries. No big loss to all those other countries, as there's many other airlines to choose from to get places, although possibly with slightly longer flight times and higher cost, but more pressure by sealing off Putin from the rest of the world.
     
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    That's got my vote! ;)
     
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    Russia is now just a garden variety Eastern European country that has contributed very little to no innovation in the recent and ongoing digital boom, and would be of no interest to anyone were it not for its large reserves of natural gas and oil. The trouble is that its current leader, one Vlad Putin, is a former KGB operative who still hangs onto the idea of mother Russia as a superpower, and will keep agitating until it finally clearly dawns on him how puny and inconsequential Mother Russia really is in the larger scheme of things. It kills Vlad that China has been getting the attention that was once mother Russia's, so, like a spoiled brat, he must make noise (saber rattling) to get back the attention. Nyet, Nyet, Vlad will simply not be ignored!:mad:

    The idea to isolate Putin and his Russia, therefore, seems like the way to go...
     
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    Putin seems to feel that he and Russia are invincible, just as Japan did prior to WWII. Squeezing Russia can only go so far without it starting to get trigger happy, which isn't what the world needs now. Remember when the world embargoed oil and rubber to Japan during the early 1940's: December 7, 1941. Japan had already made incursions into China and the Phillipines, similar now in a small way to what seems to be happening in Ukraine with Russia.

    And the "tit for tat" game will have to end somewhere, hopefully with an easing of tensions before all hell breaks loose.
     
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