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Spain joins allies in closing airspace to Russian planes

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Spain joins allies in closing airspace to Russian planes
The Russian presidential plane Iljuschin Il-96. Spain has moved to close its airspace off to Russian aircraft. (Photo by PIERRE ALBOUY / AFP)

Spain said on Sunday it was closing its airspace to Russian carriers, following similar moves by several European nations over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

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"Spain will proceed to close its airspace to Russian airlines," the transport ministry said on Twitter, adding that it was following the "cooperation guidelines set by the European Union".

Spain joins other European countries in stepping up sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

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Among them are SwedenDenmarkGermany, Italy, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Luxembourg, Belgium and Poland who have closed their airspace to Russian flights, forcing westbound Russian planes to make enormous diversions.

EU leaders will meet again later today to discuss the latest package of sanctions against Russia.

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