US Orders Seize Aircraft Owned by Russian Oil Company Rosneft


A US court has ordered the seizure of a Boeing plane owned by Russian oil company Rosneft for violating sanctions. Photo/REUTERS

WASHINGTON – A United States (US) court has issued a warrant for the confiscation of a Boeing aircraft belonging to the Russian oil company Rosneft for violating sanctions. The planes to be impounded are valued at more than $25 million.

The US Department of Justice said the warrant was issued by the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The reason Rosneft’s planes had to be confiscated was because the company violated export controls and sanctions against Russia.

Western sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine that began in February 2022 have hampered global trade and made it difficult to finance Russian oil companies.

Rosneft Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin, a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been sanctioned by the United States.

Since the sanctions were imposed, according to the US Department of Justice, the US-built Boeing 737-7JU aircraft have left and re-entered Russia at least seven times.

“By violating Department of Commerce export controls, Rosneft has turned its jets into contraband,” said Andrew Adams, a US Justice Department official.

According to the US Department of Justice, the Boeing jet was last in the United States in March 2014, and is believed to have been in, or traveling to or from, Russia.

“Today’s enforcement actions show there is a price to pay for Russian companies and oligarchs who blatantly circumvented the sanctions imposed by the United States in response to the unjustified war against the people of Ukraine,” US Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement. , Thursday (9/3/2023).


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