According to the publication, high-ranking American officials warned Turkey about the consequences (prison terms, fines and loss of export privileges) of providing services to companies from Russia and Belarus, including refueling and providing spare parts for aircraft, in violation of export controls.

US Assistant Secretary of Commerce

Thea Roseman Candler conveyed

this message to Turkish officials during her December visit to Ankara.

Turkey's warning is a key test for the US and its allies in the long-term isolation of Russia, as Moscow may find a way to continue economic activity with the help of third countries.

A representative of the US Department of Commerce said that the agency cannot comment on specific facts.

However, he noted that the Export Compliance Office recently warned foreign aviation companies to comply with American export controls regarding the maintenance of Russian, Belarusian and Iranian commercial aircraft.

Russian airlines continue to fly Boeing jets despite US and EU efforts to ban them, including sanctions restricting Russian aircraft from entering Western airspace and revoking contracts for aircraft leasing and the supply of spare parts needed to maintain the aircraft.

At the beginning of March, the largest American manufacturer of aviation equipment, Boeing, stopped maintenance and support of Russian airlines and the supply of spare parts to them, the same measures were taken by the European manufacturer Airbus.

At the end of May, Bloomberg reported that Russian airlines have enough spare parts for three months.

At the same time, the Ministry of Transport of Russia proposed not to return foreign aircraft without a decision of the government commission.

According to the proposed document, the return of the ship to the foreign lessor must be approved by a special government commission.

If the return is not allowed, airlines are asked to continue using the aircraft until the end of the leasing contract, paying for it in rubles.

Most of the planes of Russian carriers are of foreign production, primarily Boeing and Airbus.

According to the consulting company Cirium, more than half of the planes are leased by foreign owners.