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Russia Accuses Ukraine of Violating Flight Safety Agreement

Moscow, March 26 (RHC-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 from leaving their aircraft once they land on Ukrainian territory.

This disrupted the timetable of work and the rest of the planes' crews and violated international regulations on flight safety, the ministry said.

The ministry cited the most recent incident on March 24th, 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.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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