According to Aymeric Elluin, an employee at the Amnesty International, Russia’s participation in the Paris Air Show Le Bourget in France is a “jest” about Europe, and especially about Ukraine. After all, the EU imposed an embargo on the supply of military equipment to Russia, and the human rights activist considers the fact of Russia’s participation in this event as a jest about Europe, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Le Nouvel Observateur.
The human rights activist explains that Russia is on the list of 22 countries against, which there is imposed the arms embargo under international sanctions.
Since July 31, 2014 the European Union has officially banned selling or buying Russian military hardware due to “its participation in the crisis in Ukraine,” the author recalls. In such a case it is quite difficult to explain the presence of 37 Russian companies at the air show in Le Bourget, he says. Ukraine, which is also represented at the airshow, is hardly happy about this neighborhood.
In this regard, the position of France raises questions, the author notes. This is not the first evidence that France refuses to take a tough stance on arms export control. Today, antagonism between the desire to preserve the French industry and the need for strict control over the export has become more acute. After all, the consequences of “irresponsible trade” are destructive. And the civilians are the people, who suffer the most.
In 2013, the French government ordered the National Assembly to postpone indefinitely the consideration of the bill on criminal punishment for the violation of the arms embargo, the author recalls. At the same time, France tried to overturn the arms embargo imposed by the EU against Syria.
Today, the French territory can be regarded as an asylum for anyone, who sells arms despite the embargo.
Also the author is concerned about the lack of transparency in France in the field of exports of military equipment. So, on June 1, 2015, the Department of Defense published a report on arms exports in 2014. The text of the report neither allows to question the decisions on export nor to make sure that France fulfills its international obligations. But it is at least problematic, given that France is a party to the International Arms Trade Treaty, which entered into force on December 24, 2014.
The gist of this agreement is precisely in transparency between the states, which Russia doesn’t like, the author stresses. Most recently, it refused to sign the treaty.