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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Siberia Flight Fees Dispute Not Over

BRUSSELS -- A dispute between the European Union and Russia over fees Moscow charges foreign airlines to fly over Siberia is still lingering despite a pact agreed in November to phase out the charges, diplomats said Friday.

EU diplomats said the issue would be discussed at a summit between EU leaders and President Vladimir Putin this week.

"Contrary to what many people think, the issue of Siberian overflights has not been resolved, because Russia is making more and more problems on it," one EU ambassador said. "It will be raised with President Putin but I don't expect it to be resolved at the summit."

Russia agreed in November to phase out the fees it charges foreign airlines to fly over Siberia, apparently resolving a 20-year dispute with the EU.

It agreed to reduce the charges from 2010, leading to them being scrapped by the end of 2013, EU officials said. The fees cost EU airlines more than $300 million per year.

"The Russian side has got technical problems in implementing the agreement, but I do not know which ones," a senior EU diplomat said Friday.