Serbia to reduce Moscow flights after criticism, president says

 Monday, March 14, 2022 


Serbia’s flag carrier will scale back flights to Moscow after criticism that it’s profiting from the service at a time when most other airlines stopped flying to Russia to comply with sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine, President Aleksandar Vucic said.

Air Serbia recently increased its Moscow flights to as many as three a day from one or two, offering travellers a rare loophole to and from the Russian capital via Serbia’s main airport in Belgrade.

A candidate for European Union membership, Serbia has condemned Russia’s attack of Ukraine but hasn’t joined the sanctions imposed by the bloc.

Vucic said in an interview Saturday on Belgrade-based broadcaster that they will again have just one flight to Moscow. But will that satisfy those who are haranguing against Serbia over the flights? He didn’t name the critics.

Other carriers also maintain flights to Moscow, including those based in Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, Vucic said.

But nobody’s touching those who are in NATO, partly in Europe and partly in Asia, he said in reference to Turkey.

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