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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

India Halts Russian Flights

NEW DELHI -- Indian officials have ordered Russian airlines to stop flying in Indian airspace amid a dispute over air rights, an Indian aviation official said Tuesday.

The order goes into effect immediately, said Moushami Chakravarty, spokeswoman for India's civil aviation ministry.

The order came after Russian aviation officials notified the Indian government that Indian airlines would not be able to fly in Russian airspace after June 15, Chakravarty said.

The two nations' agreement on the use of each others' airspace expires on that date, and talks to renew it have yet to be scheduled, Chakravarty said.

Andrei Pryanishnikov, a spokesman for the Federal Air Navigation Service, was unable to confirm the information on Tuesday.