© . FILE PHOTO: A general view of the terminal of Vnukovo International Airport during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW () -Russia has closed its airspace to airlines from 36 countries, including all 27 members of the European Union, in response to Ukraine-related sanctions against its aviation sector. Some of the banned countries had already been identified, while others were first named by the aviation authority Rosaviatsia on Monday following punitive measures imposed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The flight bans are expected to adversely affect airlines flying over the world’s largest country to get from Europe to Asia. They will probably force them to find new routes. Rosaviatsia said flights from those countries could be allowed in exceptional circumstances if they receive special permission from the Russian aviation authority or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It listed the countries as Albania, Anguilla, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, British Virgin Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Jersey, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the invasion of Ukraine a “special operation” and justified it by saying that “neo-Nazis” rule the country and threaten Russia’s security — an accusation that Kiev and Western governments say is groundless propaganda. Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data on this website is not necessarily real-time or accurate. All CFDs (Stocks, Indices, Futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and therefore prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price meaning prices are indicative and not suitable for trading purposes . Therefore, Fusion Media does not bear any responsibility for any trading losses that you may incur as a result of using this data. Fusion Media or anyone associated with Fusion Media accepts no liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any information, including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals on this website. Be fully informed about the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest forms of investment possible.