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EU Arms Embargo Against Russia Begins Aug. 1

Jul. 31, 2014 - 03:45AM   |  
By JULIAN HALE   |   Comments
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Russian President Vladimir Putin will face an EU embargo. (Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP)
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BRUSSELS — The European Union’s embargo on the import and export of arms and related material with Russia, which covers all items on the EU’s common military list, will come into force Friday.

“Exports of dual use goods and technology for military use in Russia or to Russian military end users will also be prohibited, with all items on the EU list of dual use goods included,” said an EU press release. “The measures will apply to new contracts,” it adds.

The EU law, which was agreed by EU ambassadors on Tuesday, was published in the EU’s Official Journal Thursday. It is EU Regulation No 833/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilizing the situation in Ukraine.

Article 2 provides for a ban “to sell, supply, transfer or export, directly or indirectly, dual-use goods and technology, whether or not originating in the Union, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia, if those items are or may be intended, in their entirety or in part, for military use or for a military end-user.

“Where the end-user is the Russian military, any dual-use goods and technology procured by it shall be deemed to be for military use,” adds Article 2.

Dual-use goods fall into the following categories: nuclear materials, facilities and equipment; special materials and related equipment; materials processing; electronics; computers; telecommunications and ‘information security’; sensors and lasers; navigation and avionics; marine; and aerospace and propulsion.

According to Article 4, the ban also covers providing technical assistance and financing or financial assistance related to goods and technology on the Common Military List and on the dual-use goods and technology list (where they are intended for military use or for a military end user) where these are destined for Russia.

The exact wording of Article 4 is as follows:

“1. It shall be prohibited:

(a) to provide, directly or indirectly, technical assistance related to the goods and technology listed in the Common Military List, or related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance and use of goods included in that list, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia;

(b) to provide, directly or indirectly, financing or financial assistance related to the goods and technology listed in the Common Military List, including in particular grants, loans and export credit insurance or guarantee, for any sale, supply, transfer or export of such items, or for any provision of related technical assistance to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia;

(c) to provide, directly or indirectly, technical assistance or brokering services related to dual-use goods and technology, or related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance and use of such goods or technology, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia, if the items are or may be intended, in their entirety or in part, for military use or for a military end-user;

(d) to provide, directly or indirectly, financing or financial assistance related to the dual-use goods and technology, including in particular grants, loans and export credit insurance, for any sale, supply, transfer or export of such items, or for any provision of related technical assistance to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia, if the items are or may be intended, in their entirety or in part, for military use or for a military end-user.” ■

Email: jhale@defensenews.com.

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