Russia's Transaero says it will avoid Ukrainian airspace

MOSCOW, July 17 Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:18pm EDT

MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) - Russian airline Transaero said on Thursday it would avoid using Ukrainian airspace following the crash of a passenger airliner in eastern Ukraine.

"The airline Transaero decided to carry out all flights from this moment through third countries, avoiding the airspace of Ukraine," the company said in a statement, adding that flights had already been avoiding eastern Ukrainian territories. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov, Writing by Thomas Grove, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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