Britain bans Russian airlines from selling slots at British airports

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The UK government has imposed new sanctions on major Russian airlines, saying it will prevent them from selling unused slots at major British airports worth up to £ 50 million.

The restrictions will affect the state-owned Aeroflot, Russia's largest airline, plus Ural Airlines and Rossiya Airlines.

The news comes as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps takes over the presidency of the International Transport Forum, which he will use to call for a united response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Shapps said: "Britain was one of the first nations to implement sanctions against Putin and his allies; I banned their ships and planes. "

"Today, the UK government has imposed a strong restriction that we have already taken against Russia's flagship carrier, Aeroflot, along with Rossiya and Ural Airlines.

"This means that they will not be able to use their landing slots at UK airports. Our actions will prevent Russia from selling the slots and collecting up to 50 million pounds. "

Previous UK sanctions have previously banned Russia from accessing airspace and British waters and banned the export of aviation goods and technology.

The government's announcement added: "Strong economic sanctions also have a long-term impact on Russia's economy. While the Kremlin has managed to stabilize the ruble, Russia is still heading for the deepest recession since the collapse of the Soviet Union. "

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