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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has downgraded Russia’s air safety rating saying the country’s Federal Agency for Air Transport does not comply with the safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

ICAO is a technical agency for aviation under the United Nations (UN). It sets international standards and recommends safety practices for aircraft operations as well as maintenance.

Under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme, the FAA evaluates civil aviation authorities of various nations whose carriers have applied to fly to the US, currently operate in the country or have code-sharing arrangements with US partner airlines. 

The IASA programme assesses whether foreign civil aviation authorities meet all the safety standards of ICAO.

The FAA noted that flights from countries with Category 2 ratings are not allowed to start any new service in the US and will be confined to only current levels of existing service in the country.

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It further added that such air carriers will not be allowed to carry the code of US carriers on any flights.

The Federal agency said that currently no airlines operate regularly scheduled flights between Russia and the US.

Air carriers of countries rated as Category 1 are allowed to operate in the US, as the civil aviation authority of that country meets ICAO standards. The rating allows flights to establish services to the US as well as carry the code of US carriers through code-sharing arrangements.