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(Alex Lennane – The Loadstar)

The future of cargo facilities at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport is in doubt following the inclusion of the owner of the company controlling cargo operations on the EU sanctions list, while forwarders are being warned of “serious” consequences for breaching sanctions concerning the movement of goods to and from Crimea.

As Dobrolet, Aeroflot’s new low-cost subsidiary, was forced to suspend flights after its European suppliers said they could no longer work with it, questions over cargo operations were raised.

Arkady Rotenberg, President Vladimir Putin’s judo partner, last year bought a controlling stake in a project to build a new air freight terminal at Sheremetyevo, as well as a 44% stake in the existing air freight terminal, and a 50% stake in Airport Moscva, a cargo and mail processing company. Read more here.