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Ukraine war: Russian planes can be detained in UK – authorities

UK ministers are making it a criminal offence for planes owned or chartered by Russians to enter British airspace.

BBC reports that Russian-owned aircraft are already banned from flying to the UK, although the new move is aimed at targeting private jets registered in a third country being chartered by wealthy Russians.

The government said the sanction would target figures close to the Kremlin.

One plane at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire is already under investigation.

The UK authorities have held the Luxembourg-registered private jet to investigate whether it is Russian-owned and brought a Russian passenger to the UK in contravention of sanctions.

The government has also announced new trade sanctions that will prevent all UK exports of aviation or space-related technology to Russia, including related services such as insurance.

Announcing the new measures, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the changes would inflict further “economic pain on Russia and those close to the Kremlin”.

She added the government would continue to support Ukraine and “work to isolate Russia on the international stage.

The transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the UK was “one of the first countries to ban Russian aircraft and today we are going even further by making it a criminal offence for Russian aircraft to operate in UK airspace”.

The new sanctions come shortly after London confirmed it would introduce a ban on all Russian oil by the end of the year, with a similar move announced by the United States.

Editing by Marian Benjamin