Russian aviation authorities have sacked an official who said last week that China had refused to supply Russian airlines with aircraft parts following Western sanctions, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing sources. and the manager. Valery Kudinov, an official with Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) responsible for keeping planes airworthy, said Russia was in talks to source parts from countries like Turkey and India. after an unsuccessful attempt to obtain them from China.
An industry source confirmed to Reuters that Kudinov had been fired, adding that he had lost his job because of his public statements on China. Rosaviatsia declined to comment. Russian newspaper Kommersant quoted Kudinov as saying he was fired for leaking information under a federal law governing the behavior of public officials.
The Russian aviation sector is being squeezed by Western sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine. Russia on Monday passed a law allowing the country’s airlines to place planes leased from foreign companies on the country’s aircraft registry and use them in Russia even without the owner’s permission, after Bermudian and Irish have suspended the certifications of Russian planes registered there.
The sanctions have already cut off the supply of most foreign planes and parts to Russia, with major international aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus cutting off the supply of components. The United States and Europe have closed their airspace to Russian airlines, with Russia reacting accordingly.
(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)