UPDATED: Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria close airspace for Russian carriers

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BUCHAREST, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Romania will ban Russian airlines from its airspace, government spokesman Dan Carbunaru said on Saturday, joining other countries in central Europe against which Russia already retaliated.

Carbunaru also said Romania has started the process to withdraw from the International Investment Bank (IIB), a Soviet-era institution which counts Russia as its largest shareholder.

Estonia will ban Russian airlines from using the Baltic nation’s airspace, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas told public broadcaster ERR on Saturday.

 Bulgaria will ban flights to the country operated by Russian airlines and will close its airspace for all Russian aircraft from Saturday, the transport ministry said late on Friday.

The ministry said the move was a result of the escalation of the military conflict and as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine.

Photo – A file photo showing a view to the Sofia Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria. EPA/VASSIL DONEV

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