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The US has taken enforcement actions against Aeroflot, Azur Air and UTair in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) issued orders to stop offering export concessions for the three Russian airlines as a result of ongoing violations related to export controls on Russia imposed by the department.

The DOC’s three Temporary Denial Orders (TDOs) will block the transactions of these airlines in relation to exports and re-exports from the US.

The TDOs are said to be the first enforcement actions implemented by the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in response to ‘Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion of Ukraine, and the severe restriction in export privileges of these companies is a reminder to parties in Russia, as well as throughout the rest of the world that US legal authorities are substantial, far-reaching and can have a meaningful impact on access to global commerce by parties found to be in violation of US law’.

The BIS extended its support to the DOC in its efforts to take multiple regulatory actions against Russia in the wake of the conflict.

In February, BIS imposed sanctions on Russian aviation-related items, including a license requirement for the export, re-export or transfer to Russia of any aircraft or aircraft parts on the Commerce Control List.  

BIS’s other preventive measures include excluding any aircraft registered or under charter or lease by Russia or Russian nationals from being eligible for license exception Aircraft, Vessels and Spacecraft (AVS). 

It also revealed a list of private and commercial aircraft that are being tracked for allegedly flouting the rules of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said: “The Biden Administration has imposed historic sanctions on Russia for its unwarranted aggression in Ukraine.

“With today’s temporary denial orders, the Department of Commerce takes another significant action to hold Putin and his enablers accountable for their inexcusable actions.”