Russia has banned British flights from landing at its airports and from crossing its airspace after the United Kingdom closed its airspace to Russian airlines, including Aeroflot.
The move came as part of Johnson's "largest-ever" package of sanctions against Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.
"This means that Aeroflot will not be permitted to operate flights to or from the United Kingdom until further notice," the statement reads.
In response to the move by the UK, Russia’s civil aviation authority, Rosaviatsiya, said that it has banned all flights by UK airlines to the country, as well as transit flights, starting from Friday.
"Yesterday, in accordance with the norms of international law, in order to discuss the issue of flights between the two countries, a proposal was sent to the British Aviation Authorities to hold consultations. This morning, a negative response was received from colleagues in the UK."
"This is the basis for the adoption by the Russian side of mirror measures in accordance with the provisions of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Air Services between Russia and the UK in order to comply with the principle of parity and equal rights for airlines," the civil aviation authority said.
The civil aviation authority also noted that an Aeroflot flight, scheduled for February 25, 2022, had been canceled but no other flights appear to have been canceled as of yet.
Defence secretary Ben Wallace called Russia's decision "retaliation for us yesterday banning Aeroflot from using and landing in the United Kingdom."
For now, it is unclear what effects the flight ban will have on UK airlines, although they look likely to pay higher fuel costs while passengers can expect longer journey times on flights to countries in the far East, which would typically include a layover in Russia.