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Russia tension affecting more British Overseas Territories

November 2, 2022
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CMC – Russia has added 11 British Overseas Territories, including Bermuda, to its list of unfriendly countries, according to Russian news agency Tass.

This follows Britain’s move to impose economic sanctions on Moscow following the invasion of Ukraine in February.

There was no immediate reaction to the report from the Bermuda government or the island’s  Governor, Rena Lalgie, who represents the British monarch on the island.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused countries and territories on the list of taking “unfriendly actions” against his government.

Originally, the list included only three British-controlled territories – Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, and Gibraltar.

The 11 new additions are Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“Thus, all 14 British Overseas Territories are now included in the unfriendly countries list,” a Kremlin spokesman said.

There are now more than 60 countries and territories on the list, including the United States, Canada, and all European Union nations.

In March, Bermuda suspended certification of all Russian-operated aircraft registered there because of international sanctions over the war in Ukraine. The move was expected to affect more than 700 planes.

Manufacturers stopped providing parts to Russian airlines as part of the sanctions. As a result, the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority said it was unable to confidently approve the planes as airworthy.

In retaliation, Russia removed the island as the airworthiness authority, resulting in a tug-of-war over aircraft supervision.

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