Russian Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade Yuri Slyusar, right, attends a press briefing along with other delegates in the Rostec chalet. Britain said it had barred a Russian delegation from attending the air show because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking an angry reaction from Russia. (LEON NEAL/ / AFP/Getty Images)
Farnborough International Airshow
FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND — Russia’s deputy prime minister is recommending his country pull out of the Farnborough International Airshow after a number of Russian delegation members were denied visas to attend.
Dmitry Rogozin made the recommendation from his @DRogozin twitter account, where he regularly sends out English-language communications.
“I suggest that our delegation halts participation in the Expo and goes back home,” Rogozin tweeted with a link to a Russian news article on the UK denying visas to Russian officials for the show, the largest air and trade show of the year.
The United Kingdom made a decision to deny visa applications for many Russian representatives as a direct result of ongoing sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.
At the Paris Air Show last year, Russia had a featured presence, showcasing both its Sukhoi Su-35 fighter and Kamov Ka-52 helicopter. In contrast, Farnborough will feature scale models of platforms from firm Russian Helicopters.
It’s not the first time Rogozin has used his twitter feed to throw fireballs at Western nations. He most famously used it to hint he would cut off supplies to the Pentagon of the RD-180 engine, used in the Atlas V launch vehicle for national security satellites.
Although that cutoff has yet to occur, the threat of it was enough to spur the US government to begin looking for an alternative engine — a process that could top five years and $1 billion in cost. ■