Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the UK had considered the entry of a Russian aircraft into UK airspace as an offense under further sanctions against Moscow. for the invasion of Ukraine.
When the Russian invasion began on 24 February, Britain initially banned any aircraft “that is owned, leased or operated by a person with ties to Russia or registered in Russia”.
This latest move puts the matter in the hands of the police rather than the aviation authorities.
“We will be able to be more specific, for example if we have planes that can be connected to Russian oligarchs flying into the country, they should know… we can detain their plane. you and turn this into a criminal offence,” Shapps told Sky News on Wednesday.
According to an official press release, the new law gives the government additional powers to detain Russian planes already in the UK.
New trade sanctions banning the export of aviation and space-related goods and technology to Russia were announced on Wednesday by the Office for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development.
These include canceling insurance policies in this area and barring UK insurers from paying claims.