This action affects about a fifth of the Aeroflot fleet and aircraft of other Russian airlines, as well as private aircraft, including the Gulfstream G650, to which oligarch Roman Abramovich belongs.
“We are publishing this list to make it clear to the world that we will not allow Russian and Belarusian companies and oligarchs to travel with impunity if they violate our laws,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raymond said.
A total of 99 aircraft on Washington’s list will have to stay on the ground, as companies that refuel, maintain or service these machines face severe penalties, including heavy fines and prosecutions. According to Reuters, flights outside Russia and possibly domestic flights have been excluded, as US sanctions could also affect service companies operating in Russia.
Aeroflot is likely to lose part of its fleet, which is 33 Boeing aircraft. AirBridge Cargo, Utair, Nordwind, Azur Air and Aviastar-TU aircraft are also on the US list.
According to the Export Control Act, after February 24, when Russia launched the invasion of Ukraine, US-made aircraft or containing more than a quarter of components made in the US required special permission if they flew into Russian territory.
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