Russian airlines may be legally banned from paying environmental fees to EU, Russian presidential administration says

Russian presidential administration chief does not rule out that airlines in Russia will be legally banned from paying environmental fees to the European Union.

"I do not exclude that our Duma will pass a bill banning Russian airlines from paying so-called emission or environmental fees to the EU, because there is another organization for this. And it is not for the EU to define global rules of the game on the civil aviation market," Ivanov said on the air of the Vesti on Saturday program on Rossiya 1 TV channel.

He recalled that the EU adopted a law that civil aircraft flying to or from its airspace should pay for the emission of greenhouse gases as they inflict damage to the environment.

At the same time, aircraft are accounted to around 1 percent from all greenhouse emissions, compared to 96 percent in case of automobiles. Moreover, it is the International Civil Aviation Organization based in Montreal that defines flight rules.

"The United States and China on learning about this EU law adopted their own laws banning their airlines from paying a single penny to EU member states. This is what a unilateral decision means," Ivanov said.

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