According to an article in the Washington Post, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had to scrap a trip to Moldova on Friday after his plane was barred from entering Romanian and Hungarian airspace.
Being denied entry to airspace does not seem an arbitrary action since “the deputy prime minister is one of the most senior Russian officials slapped with an EU visa ban in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.”
However, Rogozin’s reaction was very harsh after the incident:
He issued a warning for the Romanian government: “You wait for an answer, bastards!”
“Moscow is treating the incident as a deliberate provocation, which seriously damages the bilateral relations,” the ministry said, urging Romania to investigate the incident.
However, one could argue that visa ban should prevent a person from entering a country’s land, but still permit them to fly over it to reach a non-banned region/country.
Question: Is it common to deny airspace access rights to personae non gratae within the European Union?