The US has called for a meeting with the Russian authorities on the issue of permits for flights of American aircraft over Russian territory, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
“We had plans to meet this week in Washington with the official representatives of the Russian aviation authorities. This meeting was canceled by the Russian government. We do not have a new date yet. We are waiting for them to work with us about the date (of the new meeting), because we do not want termination (of permits) for US air travelers, ” Nauert said.
“Russia has not yet made it clear whether it will prolong the permits, which expire today. But the government of the Russian Federation declared to our embassy: “Do not panic, we are not going to hurt the Americans in terms of airspace.” We hope that is the case. We expect a response from Russia later today (Tuesday), ” the State Department spokeswoman said.
Have the US considered not imposing irresponsible sanctions on Russia first, we wonder?