Arrests were made in line with international sanctions over the Ukraine attack, and some 800 planes are now registered inside Russia
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Russia’s Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev said his country has lost 78 jets to Western sanctions. He also reported that nearly 800 planes out of Russia’s 1300 air fleet have now been registered inside the country’s jurisdiction.
“Almost 800 machines have been transferred [to the Russian aviation register]. We will secure them through a Russian insurance company. 78 machines have been lost,” the Russian minister declared amid a meeting of the Economic Policy Committee of the Federation Council on Tuesday.
The planes were arrested even in several countries that Russia considers friendly – Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. The Russian authorities have tried to negotiate the buyout of the detained planes but to no avail. The lessors have demanded undisputed return of their property.