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Kremlin puts Bermuda on list of unfriendly countries

Unfriendly: Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda’s reputation for being one of the friendliest places on Earth has taken a knock — from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

According to the Russian news agency Tass, the country’s Government has added 11 more British Overseas Territories — including Bermuda — to its unfriendly countries list.

The move comes because Britain imposed economic sanctions on Moscow after the invasion of Ukraine in February.

The Kremlin has accused countries and territories on the list of taking “unfriendly actions” against the Russian 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 & 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 US, Canada, and all European Union nations.

Countries added to the unfriendly countries list are subject to certain restrictions related to their relationships with Russia, including trade and currency restrictions and hiring limits in the listed countries' diplomatic missions in Russia.

In March Bermuda suspended certification of all Russian-operated aircraft registered here due to 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 island as the airworthiness authority, resulting in a tug of war over aircraft supervision.

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Published November 01, 2022 at 7:52 am (Updated November 01, 2022 at 7:52 am)

Kremlin puts Bermuda on list of unfriendly countries

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