Negotiations over the suspicion of flights by two Russian airlines to Tajikistan and by Tajik private air carrier to Moscow that resumed in Moscow on April 25 are still going on.
“The negotiations were supposed to be concluded on April 26, but the sides have not yet come to an agreement on flights by Russian air carrier Yamal Airlines to Tajikistan from Zhukovsky Airport,” an official source at the Ministry of Transport of Tajikistan said.
Tajik delegation participating in the negotiations is led by Deputy Minister of Transport Sherali Ganjalzoda.
A flight by Tajikistan’s privately owned airlines Somon Air to Moscow was suspended after Russia announced it was barring the airline from flying to the Russian capital.
Somon Air has no longer been permitted to conduct its four weekly flights from Dushanbe to Moscow and three weekly flights from the northern city of Khujand to Moscow.
The Russian ministry said the ban was a response to Tajikistan’s refusal to allow Russian airline Yamal to fly to Dushanbe from the Zhukovsky airport outside Moscow.
Tajikistan has warned Russia that flights by two Russian airlines to Tajikistan will be barred as of April 6 unless Russia reverses a decision to bar flights to Moscow by Tajikistan’s Somon Air.
The Tajik transport ministry sent a note to the Russian Transport Ministry on April 4, saying that it would bar flights by Russia’s Ural Airlines and UTair to Dushanbe and the city of Khujand if Russia’s March 31 decision on Somon Air was not revoked.
Tajikistan, however, has postponed the suspension of flights by Ural Airlines and UTair to Tajikistan after Russia’s Transport Ministry invited Tajik aviation authorities to Moscow for negotiations.
The Tajik Transport Ministry said on April 6 that the implementation of the decision to bar the flights was suspended because the sides agreed to hold talks to resolve the situation. (News.tj/Business World Magazine)
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