UK snubs Russia over Farnborough Airshow invites

Crowds watch an aircraft land during 2012's Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire. Credit: PA

Britain has delivered a diplomatic snub to Russia by failing to invite any of its government officials to next week's Farnborough Airshow in protest over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is a major event in the aviation calendar to which Russia usually sends a large contingent in the search for foreign sales.

But in a statement on Saturday, the Foreign Office said it would not be offering Kremlin officials their usual invitations and was taking steps to tighten military export rules from Britain to Russia.

"Due to Russian actions in Ukraine, no representatives from the Russian government have been issued (government) invitations to FIA 2014," it added.