The European Commission has added 21 Russian airlines to its list of banned carriers because they did not meet international safety standards.
“The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has allowed Russian airlines to operate hundreds of foreign-owned aircraft without a valid certificate of airworthiness,” EU Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean said in a statement, adding that the breach poses an “immediate safety threat.”
Valean stressed that the decision is not another sanction against Russia and was taken solely on the basis of technical and safety grounds.
The EU’s black list of carriers banned from flying to and from Europe now has 117 companies from other countries across the world.
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