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As part of its plans to fight the EU carbon tax, Russia’s Government has announced it will limit the number of European and UK carriers flying over Siberia, instead preferring to offer the air space to carriers from Asia-Pacific nations.

Announced this week, Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov explained the decision was made in retaliation against the EU carbon tax introduced earlier this year and said the country was hoping to get more carriers from Japan, China, Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries flying over Siberia, TravelMole reported.

Joining 23 other countries opposing the decision to install the carbon emissions tax, Mr Okulov said the country was focused on getting tax axed.

“We are calling on the European Union to do whatever it takes to prevent a trade war,” he explained.

“We intend to get EU’s carbon trading measures either cancelled or postponed.”

According to media, Moscow is already considering a ban on Russian airlines taking part in the scheme while China told its carriers to ignore the tax.

Other countries pitching against the tax include the US, Japan and India.

e-Travel Blackboard News, 5 March 2012