BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Maltese authorities have refused to allow Russia use their airspace in order to deliver supplies to the Venezuela, the U.S. Department of State said on Friday.
“We applaud the government of #Malta for refusing to allow Russian planes to use its airspace to supply the brutal former regime in #Venezuela. We call on all countries to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator Maduro,” the new spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, tweeted this morning.
Russia’s flight plan to Venezuela often includes flying over the Mediterranean Sea; however, with Malta denying Moscow access to their airspace, they will have to adjust their route in the future.
The Russian government recently delivered a large amount of aid to Venezuela, which was in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regulations.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is currently under heavy sanctions from the U.S. and several of their allies, while countries like Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran continue to aid the government of Nicolas Maduro.