Air safety in Russia: Turkmenistan Airlines suspends flights to Moscow

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The Turkmen national airline, Turkmenistan Airlinesannounced on Saturday that it would extend the suspension of its flights to Moscow until the end of October, citing security concerns after an increase in attacks from drone on the Russian capital.

The suspension of flights between the Turkmen capital from Ashgabat And Moscow would be in place until October 28 “due to the situation in the Moscow air zone, and based on a risk assessment in order to ensure flight safety”, the airline said in a statement. The suspension of flights, first announced on Wednesday, was originally scheduled until August 22.

Saturday’s statement from the airline said flights between Ashgabat and Moscow would instead fly to the city of Kazan, located more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Moscow.

A drone attacked a skyscraper in central Moscow on Tuesday morning for the second time in about 48 hours, damaging the facade of the building. According to the Russian ministry, in the same night from Monday to Tuesday, two other drones were destroyed by the air defense above the territory of the Odintsovo and Narofominsk districts of the Moscow region.

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