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Exclusive: Irish government rejected Ukraine appeal to ban Russia leasing planes after annexation of Crimea

Plea for support in 2014 fell on deaf ears both here and in the European Union, sanctions envoy reveals

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Aeroflot-operated Ilyushin Il-96s, left and right, and two Airbus A320-214s, centre, passenger jets at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Aeroflot-operated Ilyushin Il-96s, left and right, and two Airbus A320-214s, centre, passenger jets at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Ukraine sanctions envoy Oleksii Makeiev

Ukraine sanctions envoy Oleksii Makeiev

An Airbus A320-214, operated by Aeroflot-Russian. Photo: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

An Airbus A320-214, operated by Aeroflot-Russian. Photo: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

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Aeroflot-operated Ilyushin Il-96s, left and right, and two Airbus A320-214s, centre, passenger jets at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The Government rejected an appeal from Ukraine to cut Russia’s Aeroflot off from Irish aircraft lessors in the wake of the 2014 Crimea annexation, Ukraine’s Special Envoy on Sanctions has revealed for the first time.

Oleksii Makeiev, who was the political director at Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry at the time, told the Irish Independent in an interview that Kyiv had lobbied both Ireland and the EU to terminate aviation leasing contracts with the Kremlin’s flagship carrier after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.


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