U.S. obtains warrant to seize Russian energy company's $45 million plane
The U.S. has obtained a warrant to seize an aircraft owned by Russian oil and gas company PJSC LUKOIL, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Details: Sanctions issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce include barring the export, reexport or in-country transfer of U.S.-manufactured aircraft to or within Russia without a valid license or license exception.
- The LUKOIL-owned Boeing airplane, however, has flown into and out of Russia in violation of the sanctions, the DOJ said.
- The $45 million plane is believed to be in Russia at the moment.
- A district court has now authorized the seizure, finding "probable cause" that flight operations violate federal law.
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