Poland to close airspace to Russian airlines

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has announced Poland will close its airspace to Russian airlines owing to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The step comes in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday.

"I have ordered the Council of Ministers to prepare a resolution to close the airspace over Poland to Russian airlines," Morawiecki said on Facebook on Friday.

Later in the day, Piotr Mueller, the government spokesman, said the ban was likely to come into force from midnight on Friday.

On Thursday, the United Kingdom banned Russian flagship airline Aeroflot from landing in the country, which spurred Russia to shut down its airspace to British aircraft.

Moldova, which borders Ukraine, closed its airspace on Thursday.

Later on Thursday, Poland's national carrier announced that "due to the current situation" it had suspended all flight connections to Moscow and St. Petersburg.