Russia threatens to hold hundreds of planes hostage despite sanctions Business


Russia could ban its airlines from returning leased planes to their owners, stubbornly defying Western sanctions.

European leasing companies are facing a huge challenge trying to recover hundreds of planes after new measures against Vladimir Putin prevented them from doing business in the country.

But the Kremlin has released bills that would prevent carriers from returning planes. It would also force them to pay leases in rubles for the rest of the year.

Russia’s aviation industry has been brought to its knees by the sanctions, which also include sweeping airspace bans and exclusion from the London insurance market.

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