The pretext used the Muslim Holy pilgrimage to Mecca – for the “convenience” of flights to Saudi Arabia are encouraged to arrange with the occupied Peninsula.
The Federal tourism Agency has proposed to organize direct flights from Simferopol to Makkah for Hajj.
It is reported that the head of the Federal tourism Agency Oleg Safonov held a meeting on organization of transportation of Russian Muslims on Hajj to Mecca. In addition to other issues, Safonov has noticed that living in the Crimea Muslims will have to move to one of the regions of Russia and from there fly to Saudi Arabia, which significantly lengthens their path and creates additional costs.
To solve this problem Safonov offers at the time of Hajj to organize “direct flights” from Simferopol.
Thus at the expense of the interests of the Muslim population of Crimea, Russia is trying at least, to temporarily legalize the Peninsula as its own territory, achieving of a foreign state consent for the organization of air traffic, while flying on Russian troops occupied the Ukrainian Peninsula prohibited and are carried out only by Russian companies.
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