- DAILY MAIL - Jonathan Rose - APR 23, 2022 -
Likely used in Russia's invasion of Ukraine - despite EU-wide arms embargo in wake of 2014 annexation of Crimea
The EU banned 'the direct or indirect sale, supply, transfer or export of arms'
Countries used a technicality that permitted contracts signed before 2014
France was responsible for making €152 million as part of 76 export licences
France and Germany sold £230million worth of military hardware to Moscow which was likely used in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to an EU analysis.
It should have been impossible to do so owing to an EU embargo that banned selling arms to Russia following the 2014 annexation of Crimea.
They were just three of at least 10 EU member states to export almost €350million (£293million) in equipment that included missiles, rockets, guns and bombs.
It was reported by The Telegraph that 78 per cent of this total was supplied by French and German firms.
The EU banned 'the direct or indirect sale, supply, transfer or export of arms and related material of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts therefore, to Russia' eight years ago.
However, countries were able to sell hundreds of millions of pounds worth of kit to Russia despite the ban using a backdoor technicality that permitted contracts signed before August 1, 2014, or additional contracts that would help conclude those deals.
France was responsible for making €152 million in sales as part of 76 export licences.