As reported by Censor.NET citing Gordon, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 30. According to him, Ukraine "has not yet responded" to the request of the Russian Ministry of Transport on the resumption of air connection between the two countries.
The Russian minister said that the transport authority of the Russian Federation had sent Ukraine's "aviation authorities" a request on "the readiness of the proposals emanating from the principles of preservation of air transportation and further cooperation." However, no reply was received.
Sokolov noted that the issue "is still pending" for the Russian side.
In Sept. 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine expanded the list of sanctions against Russia, banning Russian airlines from the Ukrainian sky. A few days later, the Federal Air Transport Agency announced the introduction of retaliatory sanctions.
The air traffic between Ukraine and Russia was terminated at midnight on Oct. 25 due to the imposed sanctions against airlines.
On the same day, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduced a ban on the transit flights of all Russian airlines across Ukraine's airspace.