Unfortunately, the impasse is not only a foreign policy one, as it is already affecting businesses. Over the weekend, RwandAir had to cancel planned flights to the DRC after Kinshasa announced that the carrier was banned from its airspace.
"RwandAir has decided to cancel all flights to Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, and Goma with immediate effect. We are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption this may cause to our customers and we will waive change of reservation fees and offer re-issues or refunds for those affected," the national airline announced via Twitter.
Rwanda's Ambassador to the DRC was also summoned by the DRC for talks regarding the situation. Earlier, a spokesperson to the Congolese Government issued a stern warning to Rwanda, asking the land-locked country to desist from sponsoring the M23 rebels who are fighting Congolese soldiers in North Kivu.