BERLIN, March 19 The German government said on
Wednesday that defence contractor Rheinmetall's plan
to deliver combat simulation kit to Russia was unacceptable in
light of the diplomatic showdown with Moscow over its military
occupation of Crimea.
The economy ministry, asked by Reuters about Rheinmetall's
intention to honour contractual obligations to deliver about 100
million euros ($139 million) worth of technology to a Russian
combat training centre, said it was in contact with the firm.
"The German government considers the export of the combat
simulation centre to Russia unacceptable in the current
circumstances," the ministry said in a statement to Reuters.
"The government is in contact with the company. At the
moment no such export is foreseen," said the ministry.
Rheinmetall had said earlier on Wednesday that it intended
to complete the delivery of the equipment, which was ordered
about two years ago. The company said it had no further orders
outstanding from Russia or Ukraine.
($1 = 0.7188 Euros)
(Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Stephen Brown; Editing
by Noah Barkin)