Belarus curbs US, Canada planes in airspace

Belarus confirmed plans to restrict entry to its airspace by US and Canadian planes after the two countries turned away a plane carrying Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky, a foreign ministry spokesman told Agence France Presse. “Limits on overflying by aircraft will only apply to US and Canadian planes. In taking this decision Belarus is strictly adhering to a principle of proportionality,” Popov said at a news conference, without providing detail on what those limits were or how they would be applied.

No Canadian or US airlines fly to Belarus and the main carrier between the United States and Russia, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, told AFP it did not fly through Belarussian airspace.