UK strengthens ban on Russia, implements tighter aviation sanctions

The UK government has announced the implementation of tighter sanctions on Russian aircraft.  

On May 9, 2022, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced a new suite of actions against Russia that will allow the UK government to detain any Russian aircraft and remove any aircraft owned by Russian individuals and entities from the UK register.  

“The ban includes any aircraft owned, operated or chartered by anyone connected with Russia or designated individuals or entities, and will include the power to detain any aircraft owned by persons connected with Russia,” the UK government announced in an official statement. 

The UK government also introduced additional trade measures banning the export of goods and technology related to aviation and space to Russia, including technical assistance and any other related services, such as insurance and reinsurance. 

“This means the cover is withdrawn on existing policies and UK insurers and reinsurers will be unable to pay claims in respect of existing policies in these sectors,” the statement continued.  

The Foreign Secretary said the new sanctions will apply further economic pressure on Russia. 

“Banning Russian flagged planes from the UK and making it a criminal offense to fly them will inflict more economic pain on Russia and those close to the Kremlin,” the Foreign Secretary said. 

“We will continue to support Ukraine diplomatically, economically, and defensively in the face of Putin’s illegal invasion, and work to isolate Russia on the international stage,” she added. 


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