US imposes new sanctions against Russia: the list includes military aircraft
On January 11, the US Treasury Department added one name, two pieces of military equipment, and two institutions to the country's sanctions list. In particular, two Il-76 military transport aircraft and one An-124 were sanctioned.
This information was provided by the US Treasury Department. The agency did not provide any explanations for the expansion of the sanctions list.
The list includes Vladimir Mikheychik, CEO of the Russian state-owned airline 224 Flight Detachment. Presumably, the sanctioned Il-76 and An-124 aircraft are from this particular squadron. In addition to these, the Ashuluk Air Defense Missile Range (Astrakhan region of the Russian Federation) and the Vladimirovka Advanced Weapons and Research Complex (VAWARC) were also sanctioned.
The 224th Flight Detachment was established in 1979; this air transport unit was engaged in the transportation of cargo to the war in Afghanistan. Today, the airline serves the Russian Presidential Administration. The squadron has two An-124-100 Ruslan aircraft and 11 Il-76MD aircraft.
As previously reported by OBOZREVATEL, last year the SSU notified Mikheychik of suspicion of involvement in the aggressive war against Ukraine. Among other things, his "224th Flight Detachment" helped transport weapons and Wagner group militants from the Middle East to Ukraine.
The National Institute for Economic Research believes that the imposition of sanctions is a powerful tool that affects and weakens the economic situation in Russia. At the same time, any rollback of sanctions and their weakening gives the Kremlin very dangerous signals that the situation may improve.