EU closes airspace to Russian flights, bans pro-Kremlin media, targets Belarus
EU closes airspace to Russian flights, bans pro-Kremlin media, targets Belarus

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced the EU is shutting down the EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian-registered, or Russian-controlled aircraft. “They won’t be able to land in, take off or overfly the territory of the EU. Including the private jets of oligarchs.”

President Ursula von der Leyen continued that the EU would also ban “the Kremlin’s media machine” in the EU. “The state-owned Russia Today and Sputnik, and their subsidiaries, will no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war. We are developing tools to ban their toxic and harmful disinformation in Europe.”

She noted that the EU would also target the “other aggressor in this war, Lukashenko’s regime, with a new package of sanctions, hitting their most important sectors. All these measures come on top of the strong package presented yesterday, agreed by our international partners.”

European Commission President stressed that the EU is stepping up its support for Ukraine. For the first time, the EU will finance the purchase and delivery of weapons and equipment to a country under attack.