Following a mounting backlash to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, American aviation giant Boeing announced on Tuesday that it was suspending its assistance for Russian airlines and its business in Moscow.
"We have temporarily closed our office in Kyiv and ceased significant operations in Moscow"
“According to a Boeing representative, the plane will land in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital. “
We’re also stopping Russian airlines’ parts, repair, and technical support services.
” Our teams are focused on protecting the safety of our coworkers in the region as the situation continues.”
President Joe Biden is expected to declare a restriction on Russian aircraft using US airspace during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, according to US media reports.
According to CNN and other news outlets, the sanction will join the US to a group that includes Canada and a number of European nations that have closed their airspace to Russian planes and other aircraft in reaction to the incursion into Ukraine that began last week. In reaction to the flight restriction, Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot, which operates the Boeing 737 and 777, declared last week that it will cease flights to Europe.
In recent days, the US and its European allies have imposed harsh penalties on Moscow, including blocking Russian institutions from using the SWIFT messaging system, and Washington has proposed steps aimed especially at the country’s central bank.
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