Shortly after Joe Biden announced a ban on Russian flights from US airspace, aerospace giant Boeing announced on March 1 the suspension of maintenance and technical support services for Russian airlines.
“We have suspended major operations in Moscow and temporarily closed our office in Kyiv,” the company said in a statement. “We are also suspending parts, maintenance and technical support for Russian airline services. As the conflict continues, our teams are focused on the safety of our teammates in the region,” Boeing added in its statement.
The development comes after Russia stepped up its military actions in Ukraine, with reports of major bombings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Russia faced immense criticism on the international stage after Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 declared the breakaway Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics and announced special military operations in Ukraine.
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Earlier, negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine in the Gomel region of Belarus ended, and the second round of talks will take place on the Belarusian-Polish border in a few days.
Flag carrier Aeroflot, which operates the Boeing 737 and 777, announced last week that it was suspending flights to Europe in response to the flight ban.
With ANI inputs