International Civil Aviation Organization condemns Russia for violation of aviation rules

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN agency responsible for regulating air transport, has called on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its infractions of international aviation rules, in order to preserve the safety and security of civil aviation.

The ICAO decision refers to the violation of Ukraine's sovereign airspace in the context of Russia's war of aggression, and to the deliberate and continued violation of several safety requirements in an attempt by the Russian government to circumvent EU sanctions. These actions include illegally double-registering in Russia aircraft stolen from leasing companies, and permitting Russian airlines to operate these aircraft on international routes without a valid Certificate of Airworthiness, which is the necessary safety certificate.

The aim of EU sanctions, in addition to all our other actions, is to stop the reckless and inhuman invasion by Russia of Ukraine. In this context, I welcome ICAO's report, which points to another example of Russia's blatant disregard of international rules and standards, putting the lives of people at risk, including Russian citizens.

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU, European Commission Vice-President.

ICAO informed on Wednesday its 193 Member States about Russia's blatant non-respect of crucial international aviation law and will bring the issue to its next general Assembly, taking place from 27th September to 7th October 2022.

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