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This is intended as my last post from my Portuguese archives. Picture taken along the coast of Algarve southeast from Alvor. The town on the horizon most likely being Portimao.

As one of the sanctions against Russia, which started an unprovoked senseless war in Ukraine and keeps killing civilians and breaking international conventions, many countries closed their airspace for Russian planes. This article from Reuters well illustrates the current status:

One can argue whether innocent Russian tourists, who are probably not even aware that their country started a deadly war in Ukraine, should suffer for the decisions of Russian leaders. Well, first of all, they are a side in the war, and they are the aggressors. I think majority of Russians supports Putin. If they don't support him they should protest against the war. If they don’t know about the war, maybe this is a way to let them know. I am sure the Russian propaganda brainwashed them: “terrible West is behaving unfriendly” says Putin. No, we have no doubts anymore, and we know we cannot trust even one word coming from Russian leaders. Even if they declare a ceasefire. This is the same approach which Nazis took in WWII, bombing hospitals and humanitarian help. Russians must see that we are all united against the war. We don’t hate them. We understand what it means to have stupid leaders. We are happy to see Russia strong economically or culturally but not strong by the presence of their tanks in neighbouring countries. If they stop the war, sincerely apologise, and help to rebuild Ukraine, pay the war reparations, we can probably forgive them and welcome them back. But until then we want to remove them from each aspect of the international life as a signal that we condemn the war they started in Europe.

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