Ukraine Conflict: China snubs Russia, refuses to supply aircraft parts


The traditionally deep ties between Russia and China seem to have suffered a setback during the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Interfax News quoted a Russian Aviation Authority official as saying that China has refused to supply aircraft parts to Russian airlines. This may come as a significant blow to Russia, which is facing sanctions after the war on Ukraine.

With Boeing and Airbus already halting their supplies in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a halt by China could have a huge impact on the industry. As the invasion by Russia entered its third week, thousands have died, while more than two million have fled Ukraine.

Meanwhile, speaking to the media, Valery Kudinov, a Rosaviatsia official responsible for maintaining the airplane’s airworthiness, said that the Kremlin is now looking for opportunities to source from countries including Turkey and India after a failed attempt to get them from China. Searching. He also revealed that Russian companies are now registering in Russia to avoid Western sanctions.

Boeing halts parts sales to Russia

Aerospace company Boeing has suspended parts of its business in Russia. However, according to reports, the aviation company still has to deal with its collaboration with a major titanium supplier led by a sanctioned oligarch who once worked with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the KGB. 

Notably, Boeing is getting about a third of its titanium from Russia, while the rest is coming from the United States, Japan, China and Kazakhstan. In addition, Boeing reportedly said that it has stopped buying Russian titanium since the subsequent attack against Ukraine.

Earlier on March 2, Boeing announced it was suspending its support for Russian Airlines and its operations in Moscow. American Airlines also noted that parts, maintenance and technical support services for Russian Airlines have also been suspended.

What is happening in Ukraine?

More than 2 million people have already fled the country as the Russian invasion of the western neighbor entered its third week. Ukraine’s military denied any progress in the past 24 hours except for Russian advances in the cities of Kharkiv and Mykolaiv on Thursday. A new ceasefire was announced on Wednesday, allowing residents of the capital Kyiv to leave the city for western Ukrainian cities that have yet to be attacked. Fighting continues in northwestern Kyiv and in the cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy and Mariupol.


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