Grant Shapps stops private jet taking off from Luton Airport due to Russian sanctions

Grant Shapps stopped a private jet from taking off to avoid risking a sanctions violation against Russia.

Transport Secretary and MP for Welwyn Hatfield said he was holding a private jet at Luton Airport until he was satisfied he would not breach any of the UK’s sanctions against Russia.

It comes after tensions rose between the UK and Russia after Russia invaded Ukraine.

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In the tweet, posted at 9.41am, Mr Shapps wrote: “This morning I held a private jet in Luton until I was satisfied that letting it fly would not violate our sanctions against Russia.

“It is important to note that no Russian-linked aircraft are allowed to fly in the UK and this is strictly enforced.”

The UK introduced new aviation sanctions against Russia on March 9, including new powers to detain Russian planes.

There is also a landing ban on any Russian aircraft attempting to land in the UK, which includes any aircraft owned, operated or chartered by anyone linked to Russia.

The new measures are designed to increase economic pressure on the country, and also to ensure the UK stays in line with sanctions imposed by other allied nations.

Grant Shapps, one of the MPs involved in deciding the sanctions, said: “Putin must fail and so we were one of the first countries to ban Russian planes and today we are going even further by erecting a criminal offense to operate Russian aircraft in British airspace.

“We will always work to deny Putin and his cronies the right to carry on as normal while innocent Ukrainians suffer.”

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