12 March, 12:37

Flights to Crimea to be limited until March 17 to keep provocateurs out - authorities

Flights to Crimea to be limited until March 17 to keep provocateurs out - authorities

The Crimean authorities have limited arrivals in the Simferopol airport in order to keep provocateurs out, Crimean First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said. "Bearing in mind the possible influx of provocateurs, we have limited plane arrivals. The measure will be discriminative; all limitations will be lifted after March 17 and the airport will resume its normal operation," he said.

Crimean self-defense forces have taken control of the Crimean division of state company Ukraerorukh, which, according to Temirgaliyev, hindered the arrival of Tatarstan head Rustam Minnikhanov in Crimea.

"We had a problem yesterday. Ukraerorukh prohibited the plane of Tatarstan head Rustam Minnikhanov to enter the [Crimean] airspace on the orders from the Kyiv authorities. The Tatarstan head tried to take an S7 flight, but that flight was also denied entry. There was an attempt to arrive by an Emergency Situations Ministry plane, but it was not permitted to enter the Ukrainian airspace either. The situation is under control now," Temirgaliyev said.

He noted that the Crimean Council of Ministers took charge of the Ukraerorukh Crimean division.

Tatarstan head Minnikhanov eventually arrived in Simferopol, met with Crimean Tatar leaders and attended a special session of the Crimean Supreme Council.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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