The US lists Russian planes that it thinks may have violated export controls, including one used by businessman Roman Abramovich.
The US has effectively grounded 100 planes it says recently flew to Russia, including one used by a Russian businessman Roman Abramovichand may have violated US export controls.
The US Commerce Department on Friday released a list of 99 Boeing aircraft operated by Russian cargo and passenger carriers – including Aeroflot, AirBridge Cargo, Utair, Nordwind, Azur Air and Aviastar-TU – as well. like Abramovich’s Gulfstream G650.
Ministry said in a declareand could be subject to “significant prison time, fines, loss of export privileges or other restrictions”.
“By preventing these aircraft from receiving any service, such as from abroad, international flights from Russia on these aircraft are effectively grounded,” the statement said.
This move comes as the administration of US President Joe Biden continues to impose restrictions on Russian officialscompanies and other entities in an attempt to pressure President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine.
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the country in late February, and its weeklong bombardment of Ukrainian cities and towns has internally displaced millions of people and forced millions more to leave Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the country’s Western allies to do more to help amid continued Russian attacks, including provide more weapons and establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine. But the US and NATO rejected the request later, saying it would lead to a direct confrontation between Washington and Moscow.
This week, after Zelenskyy addressed the US Congress, Biden announced his administration would provide a additional military assistance of $800 million to Ukraine, including 800 air defense systems, thousands of man-portable missiles and other equipment, such as drones.
Earlier this month, the US also launched what it calls “KleptoCapture”- an initiative to hold Russia’s wealthy elite accountable and secure US sanctions imposed amid the war in Ukraine are being implemented.
On Friday, the Commerce Department released the specific tail numbers of the aircraft targeted, including 33 Boeing aircraft operated by Aeroflot AFLT.MM and 12 Boeing 747 cargo planes operated by AirBridge Cargo, a unit of AirBridge Cargo. The Volga-Dnepr group of Russia’s largest airline operates.
Aeroflot and a spokesman for Abramovich, who owns English football club Chelsea, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters news agency. Abramovich said this month that he plans to sell the club and raise money from the sale to the victims of the Ukraine war.
Volga-Dnieper declined to comment immediately but said on Friday that it had suspended all flights using Boeing aircraft, citing sanctions and a decision by the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority. terminate their security certificate.
The United States, Canada, and much of Europe have Russian planes are banned over their airspace, which has forced many international Russian flights to be cancelled.
The rules apply to any US-made aircraft or any aircraft with more than 25% controlled content originating from the US being re-exported to Russia after the new stringent controls for Russian aviation related items effective February 24.
This week, Moscow took the first step towards maintaining its commercial fleet by allowing airlines to re-register aircraft leased in Russia, giving local authorities direct control over the certifications. Get the necessary airworthiness requirements for each jet.
In a statement Friday, US Commerce Secretary Gina M Raimondo said the department is “demonstrating the strength and reach of the actions we’ve taken over the past few weeks in response to the brutal war that Russia chooses against Ukraine.
“We are publishing this list to bring to the attention of the world – we will not allow Russian and Belarusian companies and oligarchs to travel without punishment violating our laws,” Raimondo said.