Citing information from Russian carrier Aeroflot, the Foreign
Ministry said Ukrainian border officials were not allowing crews
to rest in compliance with flight safety regulations when they
flew to the Ukrainian capital.
"Russia insists on an unconditional cessation of these
irresponsible practices by Ukraine which endanger the safety of
civil aviation flights," the ministry said in a statement.
Earlier this week, the ministry issued statements saying
Russians had been targeted by Ukrainian nationalists in two
robberies and accusing the Ukrainian authorities of being unable
or unwilling to prevent the incidents.
Moscow has used reports that ethnic Russians in Ukraine are
under threat from nationalists as part of its justification for
annexing the Crimea region. Russia has also reserved the right
to use its armed forces to protect compatriots in Ukraine.
(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel,
editing by Timothy Heritage)
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