German Chancellor Scholz’s plane flew over Russia over the North Pole

The plane of German Chancellor Scholz flew over the North Pole, circumnavigating Russia Scholz flew from Tokyo to Berlin for an hour and a half longer than usual, circumnavigating Russia through the North Pole. The journey took more than 13 hours. On the way to Japan, the Chancellor's German plane flew through Romania, Georgia, Kazakhstan and China .jpg” alt=”German Chancellor Scholz's plane circled Russia over the North Pole” />

Olaf Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz circled Russian airspace while flying from Japan, the plane crossed the North Pole, reports Der Spiegel.

Scholz took off from a Japanese airport in an Airbus A350 “Kurt Schumacher”, a Bundeswehr aircraft, the newspaper writes, and crossed the North Pole at about 13:00 German time (14:00 Moscow time).

According to the RadarBox flight tracking service, the chancellor's plane took off at 11:25 Japanese time (5:25 Moscow time), after six hours of flight it circled Chukotka through Alaska, and after 11.5 hours— entered Norwegian airspace. Scholz, according to RadarBox, landed in Germany after more than 13 hours of flight.

Der Spiegel points out that Scholz spent 1 hour and 20 minutes more on the flight from Japan to Germany than if he had flown the usual route— through Russia and Ukraine. During the flight to Japan, the German chancellor's plane also avoided Russian territory, the route ran through Poland, Romania, the Black Sea, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and China. The newspaper writes that the head of the German government stayed in Japan for a little over 20 hours— less than the total flight time.

At the end of February, the EU closed airspace to all aircraft registered in Russia, either Russian-owned or “controlled by Russia.” The restriction also affected private aircraft. Rosaviatsia in response banned on February 28 the use of Russian airspace for aircraft from Germany and 35 other countries. The regulator stressed that an exception can be made if a special permit is obtained, it can be issued either by the Federal Air Transport Agency itself or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The German air carrier Lufthansa has extended the refusal to use the airspace of Russia and Ukraine until June 30, citing the “current regulatory situation” as the reason for this decision.

Ukraine closed its own airspace on the night of February 24 due to a high risk for safety, flights also stopped in the south of Russia— planes do not accept or depart airports in Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Krasnodar, Voronezh, Belgorod, Simferopol and Anapa.

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