Russia’s Aeroflot airline is suspending its flights to Sri Lanka after this country’s authorities arrested its Airbus A330 jet, according to the airline’s statement, APA reports.

“Aeroflot is suspending commercial flights to Colombo (Sri Lanka) for the immediate period due to an unreliable situation in terms of the airline’s unobstructed flights to Sri Lanka. The sales of tickets for flights to Colombo have been temporarily shut down,” the statement noted.

Russia’s Aeroflot has suspended commercial flights to Colombo and suspended the sale of tickets to Colombo as well.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Janita Abeywickrama Liyanage was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday & was informed of Russia’s resolute protest over the detention of an Aeroflot aircraft by Sri Lankan authorities according to Russian Foreign Ministry based on HiruNews.

On June 2, Moscow bound Russian state owned Aeroflot aircraft has not been allowed to leave BIA due to a court order. Passengers on board the flight disembarked. Reports said that this is due to a commercial dispute with the aircraft leasing company. Sri Lanka Civil Aviation Authority had discussions with AG for a solution.

Passengers disembarked from the Moscow bound Aeroflot flight June 2 due to a court order based on a commercial dispute will be flown to Moscow in the regular flights scheduled during this weekend on Saturday and Sunday said SL Aeroflot office, reported HiruNews.