The head of the Ministry of Transport announced 77 planes detained abroad

77 Russian aircraft were detained abroad due to sanctions, said the head of the Ministry of Transport Vitaly Savelyev, TASS reports.

“Today I want to tell you that there are 77 aircraft. we were able to get the car back. We fight for every plane,»,— he said.

According to the minister, the decision to detain was taken by the lessors. Some planes were unable to take off due to the closure of EU airspace.

He recalled that there are 1278 aircraft in Russia, of which 1158— civil aircraft. “In general, the situation is normal … The park is quite large,” — Saveliev added.

At the end of February, the authorities of the European Union and other countries imposed sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine, and also closed the airspace for Russian aircraft. The EU banned companies from selling aircraft and spare parts to Russia, as well as providing Russian companies with insurance and maintenance services for civil aircraft.

After that, lessors began to withdraw aircraft from Russia. By March 23, Western companies demanded the return of more than 500 aircraft worth $20 billion. By the end of March, 78 aircraft were under arrest in other countries.

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Rosaviatsia recommended that Russian airlines not operate flights abroad with foreign leasing. At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to transfer aircraft under foreign lease to the Russian registry. By June 15, more than 600 aircraft had been added to it.

On July 1, the president's special envoy, Sergei Ivanov, suggested that Russia's stocks of aviation equipment would last for three to four years.

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