US adds 25 Airbus planes operated by Russian airlines to list of export violations


A Ural Airlines Airbus A321-200 plane takes off from the airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 29, 2018. Picture taken July 29, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department will on Tuesday add 25 Airbus planes operated by Russian airlines suspected of violating U.S. export controls as part of Biden administration sanctions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the agency told Reuters.

The department previously identified more than 150 Boeing planes and one Gulfstream plane that had flown into Russia from other countries since March 2 or into Belarus since April 8. The rules cover US-made aircraft as well as foreign-made aircraft that contain at least 25% US sourced content. These are the first foreign aircraft added to the export control list.

The 25 Airbus A320, A321 and A330 are operated by Ural Airlines, S7 Airlines, Red Wings, Yamal Airlines, Nordwind and I-Fly. The orders seek to deny airlines access to refueling, spare parts and maintenance services.

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“The United States and our partners have applied strong and extensive export controls to industrial sectors – such as aerospace – that Russia uses to support its military aggression,” said Matthew Axelrod, police chief. Department of Commerce Exports, in a statement to Reuters. “Today’s identification of 25 foreign-produced aircraft further degrades the ability of Russian airlines to operate their US and European aircraft fleets.”

The department has warned businesses and other entities around the world that any refueling, maintenance, repair, replacement parts, or services violate U.S. export controls and subject businesses to U.S. enforcement action.

The department previously issued orders denying export privileges to major Russian airlines, including flag carrier Aeroflot (AFLT.MM), Aviastar, Azur Air, Nordwind Airlines, Pobeda, Rossiya, S7 Airlines and Utair, as well as the Belarusian airline Belavia.

The Commerce Department previously identified two planes owned by businessman Roman Abramovich as likely violating export controls, including a 787 Dreamliner.

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Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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