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Cyprus may be the hot story this week, but the mistrust between Europe and Russia was already plain to see in the skies above Siberia.

24th March, 2013
Vladimir Putin in Siberia. Photo: Getty

Russian bear still grisly

Cyprus may be the hot story this week, but the mistrust between Europe and Russia was already plain to see in the skies above Siberia, where Europe believes it is being 'blackmailed', a senior EU source recently told this newspaper.

European airlines must overfly the vast region to reach destinations in China, Japan and South Korea. But Russia charges them combined overflight costs of €300 million annually. The issue stems from...

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