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This ban is in effect in Germany from 9 a.m. (Montreal time). It targets Russian aircraft and aircraft operators for three months, but does not concern possible humanitarian flights, said the Ministry of Transport, which is following in the footsteps of other European countries including Finland, which has a border of more than 1300 kilometers with Russia.

With the many countries having already closed or announced the closure of their airspace such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Russia finds itself with a significant area of non-overflight in Europe which will force him to make significant detours.

On the other hand, Moscow has begun to prohibit the overflight of its territory to several countries.

These measures are in addition to the sanctions undertaken against Moscow, including the exclusion of many Russian banks from the SWIFT interbank platform.

This SWIFT interbank network announced late Saturday that it was preparing to implement the new measures decided by the Western powers in the coming days.

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Zelensky open to negotiate, but not in Belarus as

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (l) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (d)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on February 25 and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference on Tuesday at the Kremlin.

Photo: Reuters/AP/Mikhail Klimentyev

In addition, the Ukrainian president says he is ready for negotiations with Moscow, but not in Belarus, as his Russian counterpart would like.

Ukraine’s president on Sunday rejected Russia’s offer for talks in Gomel, Belarus, because that country serves as a rear base for the invasion of Ukraine, saying that any other city would suit.

Warsaw, Bratislava, Budapest, Istanbul, Baku. We have offered them all. And any other city would suit ushe said in an online video.

The Kremlin announced on Sunday the arrival in the city of Gomel, in southeastern Belarus, of a Russian delegation ready to discuss with Kiev, on the fourth day of the massive offensive launched by Moscow against Ukraine.

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A representative of the Ukrainian government reiterated that his country will only accept real negotiations, no ultimatums.

Ukraine had been asking since the beginning of the invasion for this kind of measure to isolate Russia as much as possible economically. Western governments are also targeting the Russian central bank to reduce its ability to liquidate its assets.

Concretely, these measures aim to prevent Vladimir Putin from using the 630 billion dollars (about 800 billion Canadian dollars) of foreign currency reserves of the central bank to invade Ukraine and defend the ruble. Russia responded to Western sanctions by announcing asset freezes and nationalization of assets of companies from hostile countries.

European Union foreign ministers will meet on Sunday evening to discuss additional sanctions.

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