Russia may apply sanctions on arms suppliers to Georgia

Last Updated: Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 13:59

Moscow: Russia does not rule out economic sanctions against companies that deliver armaments to Georgia, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.
"For the past year, Russia has been holding a direct dialogue with all countries, which, according to our sources, supplied or continue to supply armaments and dual-use products to Georgia. We tell our foreign partners directly that this is dangerous, because they give armaments to the aggressor. The armaments are supplied to the extremely sensitive region and may have an effect on those, who wish to try their luck again," he said yesterday.

Karasin referred to the ordinance of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that outlawed the delivery of armaments and dual-use products to Georgia by all participants in military-technical cooperation.

"We warned our partners rather strictly that we would closely monitor every case of armament supplies to Georgia," the diplomat said on the Voice of Russia radio. "We think it right to bear such facts in mind in the development of bilateral relations with the supplier countries."

There are no sanctions so far, but there may be economic and some other measures on companies that trade in arms with Georgia. "That may have an effect on military-technical relations of such countries with Russia. Such relations are rather broad, so few are interested in their worsening," he noted.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 13:59

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