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President Biden announces the United States will close its airspace to Russian aircrafts

President Joe Biden announced that the US will ban Russian aircrafts from US airspace following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement came during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. The President said, “Tonight I’m announcing that we will join our allies in closing off American airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and adding additional squeeze on their economy.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki had told reporters that the amount of US flights that fly over Russia when going to other parts of the world played a significant role in the decision (CNN).

The State Department has also urged Americans in Russia to leave immediately while there are still commercial flights out of the country. However, US officials are confident there will still be ways for Americans to get out of Russia after flights are no longer available.

The US is joining both the European Union and Canada in banning Russia from their airspace. Several European countries had already done so prior to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s announcement.

After President Biden’s announcement, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that an official notice would be posted on Wednesday. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttiegieg said in a statement, “The United States stands with our allies across the world in responding to Putin’s unprovoked aggression against the people of Ukraine.”

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNN

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