11 Mar 2022 13:34

Russia considering aircraft part supply from China, other Asian countries - Transport Ministry rep

MOSCOW. March 11 (Interfax) - Russia is considering the supply of aircraft parts from China and other Asian countries amid the Western sanctions, head of the Russian Transport Ministry's Department for Legal Support and Legislative Activities Alina Malysheva said.

"In furtherance of Presidential Executive Order No. 100, the Economic Development Ministry is drafting resolutions to impose export and import bans. A possible ban on taking aircraft outside of Russia and a decision regarding aircraft parts in our territory are being considered in the context of these by-laws," Malysheva said at a meeting of the Federation Council's Economic Policy Committee.

"The supply of aircraft parts via China and other countries of the Asian region is also under consideration," she said.

As to how profound repairs of aircraft would be carried out, considering that the software is "in the hands of manufacturers," Malysheva said, "Mostly, this is a question for the Industry and Trade Ministry. Yet rest assured that the issue is being analyzed. In particular, a delegation of the Russian government is visiting China to resolve these problems and to ensure the deliveries."

The Federation Council has discussed a bill "On Amendments to the Air Transport Code and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation" to support the transport sector under the Western sanctions. The same bill was processed by the State Duma on Friday, as presented by Russian State Secretary - Deputy Transport Minister Dmitry Zverev.

"Our primary objective is to fill the Russian register of civil aircraft and ensure everyone's compliance with airworthiness regulations and full control of aviation and flight safety," Zverev said.

"This is why a package of measures has been drafted together with the Industry and Trade Ministry to maintain airworthiness and to supply original aircraft parts," he said in the State Duma.