Iran has stopped refueling Western planes landing in the country in retaliation to Europe’s refusal to refuel Iranian planes.
"Recently fuel supply for Iranian passenger planes flying to Europe was stopped," Iran’s Vice President Mohammed Reza Rahimi said. "Iran decided immediately to strike back and banned supply of fuel to Western passenger planes landing in Iran" [IRNA, 13 April].
Even though EU sanctions against Iran do not include jet fuel, but the US sanctions cover the fuel, and the European oil companies have refused the sale of jet fuel to Iranian airliners in recognition of US sanctions.
Some Iranian airlines still operate their routes to Western Europe destinations, but make extra stops at Prague and Budapest for refueling. The Russian oil companies in those airports still refuel Iranian planes.
In December 2010, Iran filed a grievance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over European refusal to refuel its airliners. But ICAO ruled that the issue must be resolved by member states themselves.