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UK sanctions Russian airlines to prevent them from selling landing slots

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A sign above an Aeroflot PJSC office building in Moscow, Russia, on February 28.

The UK government will introduce new sanctions against Russian airlines to prevent them from cashing in on their unused landing slots at British airports.

“State-owned Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline, Ural Airlines and Rossiya Airlines will now be unable to sell their unused, lucrative landing slots at UK airports — preventing Russia from cashing in on an estimated £50 million (about $61 million),” the UK Foreign Office said Thursday in a press release. 

“We’ve already closed our airspace to Russian airlines. Today we’re making sure they can’t cash in their lucrative landing slots at our airports,” UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said. 

“Every economic sanction reinforces our clear message to Putin — we will not stop until Ukraine prevails,” she added. 

Last week, Truss called for international allies to impose more sanctions against Russia until it completely withdraws from Ukraine and agrees to peace.

She urged sanctions on Russia not be lifted until those demands are met.

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