The Turkish authorities have decided to ban the refueling and maintenance of American-made airplanes of Russia and Belarus, the Turkish AirportHaber newspaper reported. According to the latter, this ban will apply to seven Russian, one Belarusian, and one Iranian air carriers.
Not refueling such planes in Istanbul was confirmed by the Ъ sources in two airlines.
"We are working towards solving the problem," said one of the interlocutors.
Aeroflot informed that the airline "makes flights to Turkish cities on regular basis, according to the schedule, within the framework of the announced flight program".
AirportHaber added that refueling and other services are prohibited for private, cargo, commercial, and charter planes that have more than 25 percent of American components and fly to Russia or Belarus.
According to the aforesaid Turkish periodical, the use of these measures was requested by the Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Department of Commerce in its special letter.
Since the beginning of March, the Turkish customs authorities have started rejecting the transit declarations of goods that are on the EU sanctions lists. The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Alexei Yerkhov, on Wednesday announced "certain tightening of cargo transportation rules." But by that time, Russian cargo carriers had managed to find a way out of the situation.