Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, known as Rosaviation, on Wednesday recommended the country’s airlines suspend flights over Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

It insisted that carriers avoid both direct and transit flights in the area, citing “safety risks”.

“In connection with information about safety risks to international civil air traffic, Rosaviation recommends not to use the airspace over the territories of Iran, Iraq, the Persian and Gulf of Oman for flights of civil aircraft of the Russian Federation, including transit flights, until further notice,” the agency said.

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