US targets Abramovich plane and 99 others for violation of Russian exports

A sign reads ‘Flight Cancelled’ at the Aeroflot check-in counter in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on March 02, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department will effectively ground 100 planes that recently flew to Russia and allegedly violate U.S. export controls, including a plane used by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, officials told Reuters.

The list, seen by Reuters, includes 99 Boeing planes operated by Russian passenger and cargo carriers including Aeroflot, AirBridge Cargo, Utair, Nordwind, Azur Air and Aviastar-TU – as well as Abramovich’s Gulfstream G650 – and could further hamper Russian efforts. continue some international flights.

The Department of Commerce will notify businesses and other entities worldwide that any resupply, maintenance, repair, replacement parts, or services violate U.S. export controls and will subject businesses to U.S. enforcement action that may include ” substantial jail time, fines, loss of export privileges, or other restrictions,” the department said.

The department said in a statement that this action means “international flights from Russia on these aircraft are effectively grounded.”

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimando said in a statement to Reuters that the department “is releasing this list to warn the world – we will not allow Russian and Belarusian businesses and oligarchs to travel with impunity in violation of our laws. “.

The United States, Canada and much of Europe have banned Russian planes from flying over their airspace, forcing the cancellation of much of Russia’s international flights.

The rules apply to any aircraft manufactured in the United States or any aircraft containing more than 25% controlled content of American origin that was re-exported to Russia after the entry into force of the new strict controls on related articles. to the air force for Russia on February 24.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Don Graves said in a statement that the series of U.S. actions “has isolated Russia and Belarus from the global economy, and I hope today’s action serves as a reminder of that.” done to Russian businesses and oligarchs looking to continue their operations.”

This week, Reuters reported that Russian airlines have weeks to orchestrate alternative supplies of banned aircraft parts or begin grounding planes to avoid safety concerns as Western sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatened their post-Soviet renaissance.