Burbock compared the possible military supply for Russia with participation in the conflict in Ukraine.
BERLIN, 12 May – RIA Novosti. German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock argues that, against the background of the massive supply of weapons from the West and military aid to Kiev, the possible supply of weapons or military goods by third countries to Russia is equated with participation in the conflict in Ukraine.
Burbock urged “all countries of the world” not to support the Russian special operation. “And certainly not by procuring military supplies, because supporting this war with weapons means joining it,” he said on the sidelines of an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Sweden.
At the same time, he emphasized that Western countries will continue to supply artillery and ammunition to Ukraine, which caused the protests of the Russian side, which previously announced that NATO would participate in the Ukrainian conflict.
According to Burbock, the West is persistently calling on all countries of the world, especially those obliged to participate in international councils, to ensure that military and dual-use goods are no longer supplied to the Russian Federation.
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“We’ve had to point out that over the past months, unfortunately, there has been growing evidence that some countries in this world, and possibly some companies from these countries, can make military deliveries, particularly in the context of dual-use goods.” . . He said that as part of the new sanctions package, the EU will consider the possibility of such procurement.
Earlier, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the new 11th EU sanctions package against Russia will focus on countering the circumvention of existing restrictions. According to him, EU countries may prohibit the export of certain goods to third countries if they are suspected of participating in circumventing sanctions against the Russian Federation. At the same time, the EU has repeatedly stated that unlike the US, the EU does not want to use cross-border sanctions.
Journalist and writer Armin-Paulus Hampel, a former member of the Bundestag, told RIA Novosti that if the EU were to impose sanctions on countries and companies that trade in dual-use goods with Russia, it would be the worst decision the EU has ever made. said it would be. The expert believes that the EU has exceeded its powers.
Russia had previously sent a note to NATO countries for arms supplies to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that pumping weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative effect. Lavrov noted that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only the supply of weapons, but also the training of personnel … on the territory of Great Britain, Germany, Italy and other countries.”
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