has refused to supply Russia with aircraft parts after the aviation sector was hit by crippling Western sanctions, a Moscow official has admitted.

Valery Kudinov, a federal air transport agency official, said Russia would be looking for opportunities to source parts from other countries including Turkey and , according to Russian news agencies.

Kudinov, who is responsible for maintaining airplane airworthiness, was quoted as saying the change in tact came after a failed bid to obtain aircraft parts from China, which has previously voiced concerns about sanctions on Russia.

China’s apparent refusal to supply parts for Russia could be a sign of another crack in support for Putin in Beijing, after it said the invasion was ‘deeply worrying’ and that it would take a lead in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.

But the Communist country continues to avoid taking a side due to diplomatic ties and it is yet to condemn the invasion, while China also blamed NATO and the US for pushing Russia to ‘breaking point’.

Russia’s aviation sector has come under Western sanctions over ‘s ruthless , with Boeing and Airbus both halting the supply of components.

Valery Kudinov, a federal air transport agency official, said Russia would be looking for opportunities to source aircraft parts from other countries including Turkey and India after China refused to supply them. Pictured: Planes are parked at Sheremetyevo airport

Valery Kudinov, a federal air transport agency official, said Russia would be looking for opportunities to source aircraft parts from other countries including Turkey and India after China refused to supply them.Pictured: Planes are parked at Sheremetyevo airport

Russia’s foreign ministry warned this week that the safety of Russian passenger flights was under threat amid the crippling sanctions, which has also seen the country’s banks and oligarchs targeted.

Kudinov said Russian companies are now registering their planes in Russia after the US and European Union’s sanctions, whereas many of the aircrafts had previously been registered abroad.

The Rosaviatsia official said he expects some other airplanes to be returned to leasing companies, as Moscow continues to feel the strain of the harsh sanctions, with UK foreign secretary Liz Truss warning that they would ‘choke off funds to [Putin’s] brutal war machine’.

Separately, a draft law published on Thursday showed the Russian government plans to order domestic airlines to pay for leased aircraft in roubles and could bar them from returning planes to foreign companies if leases are cancelled. 

As China continues to seesaw over Putin’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine, the country blamed NATO and the US for pushing Russia to ‘breaking point’ as it continues to seesaw over Putin’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine.

At a daily news briefing yesterday, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan said China’s position on the war is ‘consistent and clear cut’. 

China's apparent refusal to supply parts could be a sign of another crack in support for Putin in Beijing, after it said the invasion was 'deeply worrying'. Pictured: President Xi Jinping

China’s apparent refusal to supply parts could be a sign of another crack in support for Putin in Beijing, after it said the invasion was ‘deeply worrying’.Pictured: President Xi Jinping

Russia's aviation sector has come under Western sanctions over Vladimir Putin's ruthless invasion of Ukraine, with Boeing and Airbus both halting the supply of components

Russia’s aviation sector has come under Western sanctions over Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of Ukraine, with Boeing and Airbus both halting the supply of components 

When asked whether China was ready to label the war as a Russian invasion, he replied: ‘I don’t think the question is of any point.’

He also added that the US needs to takes China’s concerns about sanctions seriously, warning they ‘will never bring peace and security’.

He said the West should avoid undermining China’s rights or interests by imposing severe financial penalties on Russia.

It echoes comments made by Xi Jinping the day before, who voiced concerns about sanctions and their impact on China.

He said: ‘Regarding the impact of sanctions on global finance, energy resources, transport and supply chain stability, in terms of a world economy already burdened by the pandemic, it is harmful to all sides.’

China generally opposes sanctions and frequently dodges restrictions to trade with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, US investigators say.

China shares nearly $150billion in trade with Russia and anti-Kremlin sanctions could be damaging for its own economy.

Russian banks said they plan to issue cards using China’s UnionPay system after Visa and Mastercard moved to suspend operations.

Zhao added that ‘wielding the stick of sanctions at every turn will never bring peace and security but cause serious difficulties to the economies and livelihoods of the countries concerned’.

He said China and Russia will ‘continue to carry out normal trade cooperation, slot gacor gampang menang including oil and gas trade, in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.’

It comes after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing was open to helping mediate peace and stressed that the friendship between Beijing and Moscow was still intact

It comes after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing was open to helping mediate peace and stressed that the friendship between Beijing and Moscow was still intact

But he also pledged humanitarian aid to Ukraine including food and necessities worth 5million yuan (£600,000), as China walks its diplomatic tightrope.

China had been seen as a bellwether on whether Russia’s invasion would spark similar territorial conflicts elsewhere, with Xi wanting to stake his claim on Taiwan.

The superpower abstained in UN votes to condemn Russia’s actions and has refused to label it an invasion.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing was open to helping mediate peace and stressed that the friendship between Beijing and Moscow was still intact.

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