The UK toughened the ban on Russian planes – POLITICO

UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss announced today new powers to detain Russian aircraft and remove aircraft of sanctioned individuals and entities from the UK registry.

The new measures will also block UK exports of aviation or space-related goods and technology to Russia, including related services such as insurance and reinsurance services.

It comes after UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced On Tuesday night, he was treating any Russian plane entering UK airspace as a criminal offence, ensuring the government could detain any intruding jets.

Speaking today on Sky News, Shapps says the ban allows the government to “go further” than previous sanctions that include Aeroflot, Russia’s state-owned operator, as well as private jets and planes other commercial.

The new sanctions “really mean [that] We’ll be able to be more specific,” Shapps said. When “Russian oligarchs fly into the country, they should know this with the clearest signal: You can’t do it anymore.” We can detain your plane and make this an offence. “

Shapps also told BBC Breakfast that an alleged Russian plane had been impounded. “There is one such plane on the ground in Farnborough which I have basically impounded while we do further investigations, over the past few days,” he said.

Immediately after President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, all Russian aircraft – commercial and private – were forbidden from EU airspace.


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