March 13, 2022

UK issues new Russia-related aviation sanctions

On March 9, 2022, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced a new suite of aviation sanctions after the adoption of The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2022.  The new sanctions enable the UK to detain Russian aircraft and aircraft belonging to designated parties from the UK register; impose a ban on the export of aviation and space-related goods and technology; and impose a further ban on the provision of insurance and re-insurance for these goods and technology by UK companies. As part of the insurance ban, cover is withdrawn on existing polices and UK insurers and reinsurers will be unable to pay claims related to existing policies in these sectors.  The UK also strengthened its current overflight and landing ban currently in place for Russian aircraft by making it a criminal offense for any aircraft to fly or land in the UK.  Truss indicated that the new aviation restrictions were intended to “inflict more economic pain on Russia and those close to the Kremlin” and isolate Russia on the “international stage.”

 UK Foreign Secretary Press Release | The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2022