The European Commission has welcomed a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to call on Russia to immediately cease its infractions of international aviation rules, according to a statement issued on Thursday.
Commenting on the decision, the Commission said that ICAO, which is the UN agency responsible for regulating air transport, refers to the violation of Ukraine’s sovereign airspace in the context of Russia’s war of aggression, and to the deliberate and continued violation of several safety requirements in an attempt by the Russian government to circumvent EU sanctions.
These actions, according to the ICAO and the Commission, include illegally double-registering in Russia aircraft stolen from leasing companies, and permitting Russian airlines to operate these aircraft on international routes without a valid Certificate of Airworthiness, which is the necessary safety certificate.
“Russia continues to disrespect the fundamental rules of international aviation and to instruct its airlines to work against these rules,” said Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean, welcoming the decision taken by the ICAO.
On Wednesday the ICAO informed its 193 Member States about Russia’s blatant non-respect of crucial international aviation law and will bring the issue to its next general Assembly, taking place from 27 September to 7 October 2022.
Source: Cyprus News Agency