• 26/02/2024 05:08

British firms exported more than $100 million worth of military technology to Russia last year, – Times

Moscow receives the most important weapons components, in particular chips and drones, through third countries or directly from the United Kingdom.

British firms exported over $100 million worth of military technology to Russia last year</p>
<p>British suppliers exported more than $100 million worth of critical military technology components to Russia in the first 10 months of last year.</p>
<p>The Times reports.</p>
<p>The export list includes semiconductors and drones . </p>
<p>Moscow will receive the equipment through third parties, including Chinese, Hong Kong and Turkish companies. Goods worth about $15 million arrived directly from the warehouses of the United Kingdom.</p>
<p>This figure is several times lower compared to 2022, when the export of British technologies to the Russian Federation amounted to almost $770 million. However, to this day, almost two years after Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, goods from Great Britain are ending up in the Russian army.</p>
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<p>The censor, citing the publication, notes that despite the fact that many components were not subject to sanctions, they are important for Russian weapons and cannot be produced in the Russian Federation. These are, first of all, semiconductor and electronic components. Last year, British-made “computer numerical control” (CNC) machines worth about $1.5 million also came to Russia.</p>
<p>The newspaper emphasizes that high-precision devices are especially useful for defense production and constitute a major problem for Ukraine's allies.</p>
<h3>Who in the UK sends technology to Russia</h3>
<p>The Times writes that British semiconductor manufacturer FTDI manufactured the chips found in an abandoned Russian tank in Brovary, Kyiv region, in March 2022. Last year, FTDI components worth about $1.5 million were imported into Russia, compared to $500 thousand in 2022.</p>
<p>The British company Mykines, registered in Enfield, north London, organized the sale of electronics in Russia for about $1.2 billion after the invasion of Ukraine. According to the KSE Institute at the Kyiv School of Economics, in the first 10 months of 2023, businesses exported $37.3 million worth of critical components to the Russian Federation. </p>
<p>Machinery Trading&Serv;Service, a UK supplier of parts to the mining and construction industries, supplied $10.7 million worth of equipment to Russia, making it the UK's second largest supplier. It is likely that the business was transferred to Irina Voronina, a Ukrainian woman living in Moldova, just a few months after the start of a full-scale war. “Indirect trading of UK companies increased by 78% in monetary terms in the tenth month of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022,” said Elena Belousova, senior research director at the KSE Institute.</p>
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