Russian Airlines has cancelled the flight to Beijing on Friday in response to Beijing’s decision to impose “security measures” on US-based Russian media outlets.
The flight from the southern Chinese city of Shanghai to the eastern city of Zhuhai was due to depart at 8:15pm local time (23:15 GMT), but the airline’s website was updated to say the flight would not depart until 3:15am.
The airline had said it was suspending all operations at Zhuhay Airport due to the US restrictions.
“We are advising all passengers and crew to take measures to avoid being affected by the restrictions on the flights,” the airline said.
China has been accused of targeting Russian media companies and other foreign organisations in recent months as part of efforts to stifle dissent and counter accusations of meddling in the presidential election.
“There are two things that the US has tried to do with us and it’s very simple,” Mikhail Aleg, head of Russia’s State-controlled Rossiya 24 television network, told reporters in Beijing on Thursday.
We have no choice but to cancel the flight.” “
These are the two things we cannot allow.
We have no choice but to cancel the flight.”
On Friday, a Russian official said that Moscow would resume flights to Zhuhair.
The Russian government has accused Washington of meddling with the US election by targeting its domestic media outlets and by blocking foreign-based media.
“Washington’s actions are a clear and serious violation of the US constitution and the international law of the protection of individual rights,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
“Such attempts at interfering in domestic politics are completely unacceptable.
We will continue to take effective measures to defend the right of journalists to cover all the events of the upcoming presidential election.”