VITALY PORTNIKOV: Crimea is turning into a reservation with an invented past, an uncertain present and a dreary future

VITALY PORTNIKOV: Crimea is turning into a reservation with an invented past, an uncertain present and a dreary future.

Voices of Ukraine

By Vitaly Portnikov
04.02.2014 NEWSru
Translated by Olya Lutska and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Source: http://rus.newsru.ua/columnists/02Apr2014/neletit.html

440383_20140402122133The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation has banned flights to Crimea. Actually, it’s not even news. After the occupation of the peninsula by Russia and its subsequent annexation, which was not officially recognized by any country in the world, the issue of the termination of air communications with Crimea was only a matter of time – and now that time has come.

In practice, obviously this does not mean that there will be no flights to Crimea at all. There will be some from Moscow and other Russian cities. It’s clear that Russia will perceive the Eurocontrol decision as offensive and inconsistent with international law in its new – Russian – vision. Certainly, there will be flights. But, again, a legal nuance will arise – to what extent will large…

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