UPDATE 2-Russia accuses EU of double standards over Ukraine

Sat Aug 2, 2014 8:54am EDT

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MOSCOW Aug 2 (Reuters) - Russia accused the European Union of double standards on Saturday, saying it had lifted a ban on supplying Ukraine with military technology and equipment "on the quiet" but imposed sanctions on Moscow's defence sector.

Relations between Moscow and Brussels have deteriorated since the EU imposed sanctions on Russia over its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government forces.

"During a recent meeting of the Council of Europe in Brussels, leaders of EU member states agreed 'on the quiet' to remove restrictions on exports to Kiev of equipment that could be used for internal repression," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

"Exports of military technologies and equipment were also allowed," the statement said, without saying exactly when the decision was taken by the EU.

The Foreign Ministry, which has suggested the EU is dictated to by the United States, also called on EU leaders not to be "goaded" by Washington over events in eastern Ukraine.

The EU passed its heaviest penalties on Moscow this week, imposing sanctions on Russia's defence, energy and financial sectors.

It agreed in February to review export licences for deliveries of military technology and equipment to Kiev and to suspend export licences for riot-control equipment that could be used by ousted president Viktor Yanukovich's government for "internal repression."

In July, the EU revoked that agreement. Its members did not impose an outright ban on military equipment exports to Ukraine but instead agreed to review such exports.

EU officials in Brussels were not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Alexander Winning in Moscow and Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Comments (4)
CanRus wrote:
The Kremlin accusing anybody of double-standards! Lol! Laughable. So, how is the separatist referendum in Chechnya going? :)

“During a recent meeting of the Council of Europe in Brussels, leaders of EU member states agreed ‘on the quiet’ to remove restrictions on exports to Kiev of equipment that could be used for internal repression”, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
How did they agree ‘on the quiet’, exactly? Nobody spoke during the meeting? :) Russia is being sanctioned for invading Ukraine – what has Ukraine done to deserve sanctions? Especially since it’s aiming to eventually join the EU, and started reforms towards that goal. All weapons can be used for internal repression. Should all weapons to all countries be banned? And talking of internal repression, the Kremlin is a world-champion at that – complaining about other people doing it is pure hypocrisy. Fix your own house before criticizing the neighbour’s.

“The Foreign Ministry, which has suggested the EU is dictated to by the United States”
The Kremlin can suggest anything it wants – doesn’t make it true. The EU is perfectly capable of making its own decisions, and has on many occasions. But it’s easier to have a scapegoat – a futile attempt to try and make it look like the whole world isn’t against them. Sorry Putin & cronies – you’re 100% wrong on this one.

Aug 02, 2014 10:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RocketSurgeon wrote:
Putin has a point. If you want to stop the war, why supply arms to Ukraine, the aggressor in this conflict? Surely that is the way to escalate the conflict? Its like pouring petrol on a fire and hope it goes out.
I read about constant complaints about fighting around the M17 flight site, but its the Ukraine that is taking the fight to the Rebels. All the EU has to do is to tell the Ukraine to stop. So why don’t they?

Aug 03, 2014 2:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AnneTBuncombe wrote:
Very important piece of news. Are there any sources other than the press release from the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement?

Aug 04, 2014 3:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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