Grant Shapps holds private jet after it becomes ‘criminal offence’ for aircraft to enter UK airspace

Grant Shapps today said he detained a private jet at London Luton Airport after saying it would be a criminal offense for any Russian aircraft to breach UK airspace.

Britain’s Transport Secretary, 53, said he would not let the private jet go again until he was satisfied it was not in breach of government sanctions, which were introduced in response to the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin.

Taking to Twitter, he 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.”

It is not known if the plane is still being held at Luton Airport.

Grant Shapps (pictured) said today he detained a private jet at London Luton Airport after saying it would be a criminal offense for any Russian aircraft to breach UK airspace

Britain's Transport Secretary, 53, said he would not let the private jet take off until he was satisfied it was not breaching government sanctions.

Britain’s Transport Secretary, 53, said he would not let the private jet take off until he was satisfied it was not breaching government sanctions.

It comes after Shapps said this week that it would be a criminal offense for any Russian aircraft to violate British airspace.

“I have made it a criminal offense for ANY Russian aircraft to enter UK airspace and now HMG (Her Majesty’s Government) can detain these jets,” Shapps said in a tweet posted on Tuesday.

“We will stifle the ability of Putin’s cronies to carry on normal lives while thousands of innocent people are dying,” he added.

The tweet was accompanied by an image of a Department for Transport (DfT) document signed by Shapps, which detailed the scope of the new legislation and explained that it was designed to increase sanctions against Russia in other countries. sectors.

“UK Air Traffic Control and UK airports must not give access to any aircraft which they have reason to believe is Russian aircraft, namely: 1. an aircraft registered in Russia, 2. an aircraft owned, operated or chartered by a designated person with respect to aviation sanctions under the legislation, 3. an aircraft owned, operated or chartered by persons associated with Russia,” the document reads.

The document released by Shapps took aim at Russia’s “unprovoked attack” on Ukraine and said the new measure would strengthen sanctions designed to target Russia’s elite.

It comes after Shapps said this week that it would be a criminal offense for any Russian aircraft to encroach on British airspace.

It comes after Shapps said this week that it would be a criminal offense for any Russian aircraft to encroach on British airspace.

The tweet was accompanied by an image of a Department for Transport (DfT) document signed by Shapps, which detailed the scope of the new legislation.

The tweet was accompanied by an image of a Department for Transport (DfT) document signed by Shapps, which detailed the scope of the new legislation.

“Russia’s assault on Ukraine is an unprovoked and premeditated attack on a sovereign democratic state,” it read.

“The UK government has shown that any Russian military incursion into Ukraine will have massive consequences and high cost and, in coordination with our allies and international partners, we are developing an unprecedented set of new sanctions.”

“The aviation sector is fundamental to connectivity and international trade and we must play our part in restricting Russia’s economic interests and holding the Russian government to account.”

“Under these circumstances, the Department for Transport does not consider it appropriate for Russian aircraft to continue to enter UK airspace or land at UK airports.

“With effect from February 25, legislation is already in place to ban Russian aircraft from entering UK airspace. UK Air Traffic Control and UK airports should not allow access to any aircraft that they have reason to believe is Russian aircraft.

“From 1700 today, air traffic control now has the power to issue instructions to a pilot or operator of a Russian aircraft not to enter British airspace or to leave it by a certain road.

“Airport operators can order these people to take off or not to take off or not to land at one of their airports.”

The UK government has hit seven oligarchs, including Roman Abramovich (pictured), with a wave of crippling sanctions as the government continues to tighten

The UK government has hit seven oligarchs, including Roman Abramovich (pictured), with a wave of crippling sanctions as the government continues to tighten the ‘noose’ around Putin’s cronies

Shapps also said in the document that he will grant the Civil Aviation Authority the power to refuse to register any aircraft on the UK register if its owner, charterer or operator is subject to sanctions.

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“I want to thank you for supporting the government with these new air sanctions and for playing your part as the UK supports Ukraine in the fight against the Russian invasion,” Shapps concluded.

The Transport Secretary’s announcement comes three days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an ‘action plan’ to thwart Russia’s aggression amid accusations that Britain was not acting tough enough in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Johnson called for: the creation of an international humanitarian coalition for Ukraine; a boost to Kiev’s military self-defense; a strengthening of sanctions against Moscow; concerted diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis; and “a rapid campaign to build security and resilience in the Euro-Atlantic area”.

The UK government has hit seven oligarchs with a wave of crippling sanctions as the government continues to tighten the ‘noose’ around Russian leader Putin’s cronies.

Roman Abramovich was among seven oligarchs hit with asset freezes and travel bans.

The government has announced that the owner of Chelsea FC will also be banned from dealing with British individuals and businesses. The government could still grant him a license to sell the club, but will need to be assured that he will not benefit financially and any proceeds will remain frozen.

Mr Abramovich’s former business partner Oleg Deripaska was hit with the same measures – as were Rosneft chief Igor Sechin and four others described as part of Putin’s “inner circle”.

The Foreign Office said the Economic Crimes Bill which comes into force next week “will enable the UK government to go further and faster than ever before on sanctions”.

Boris Johnson has said the government will continue to “tighten the noose” around Putin’s cronies.

“There can be no refuge for those who supported Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine,” he said.

“Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the people of Ukraine. We will be ruthless in pursuing those who allow the killing of civilians, the destruction of hospitals and the unlawful occupation of sovereign allies.

The Foreign Office said the oligarchs have a collective net worth of around £15billion.

Following the brutal sanctions, Abramovich was also today disqualified as manager of Chelsea by the Premier League.

“The board’s decision does not impact the club’s ability to train and play its matches, as set out in the terms of a government-issued license which expires on May 31, 2022.” , the league said.

The government says the Russian oligarch, owner of Chelsea since 2003, received financial benefits from the Kremlin, including tax breaks for his businesses, the purchase and sale of shares from and to the state at favorable rates .

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