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Business New Europe: Ukraine defence exporters under fire for UN arms embargo breach

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July 18, 2012, 9:05 a.m. |

The UN has pinpointed defence exporters in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporozhe as violating arms sanctions imposed on Eritrea, via a UK trading company.
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The UN has pinpointed defence exporters in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporozhe as violating arms sanctions imposed on Eritrea, via a UK trading company, according to a BNE source.

If true, the allegations will add to Ukraine's notoriety as a recurrent infringer of arms sanctions, and to the UK's reputation as a no-questions-asked jurisdiction. 

According to a bne source at the UN with knowledge of the matter, a UK company, Espace Soft Trading, linked to defence plants in Ukraine's industrial hub of Zaporozhe has supplied defence technology and training to Eritrea in violation of UN sanctions. Espace Soft is believed to have overhauled the Eritrean Airforce's Sukhoi fighter planes and providing training to pilots. 

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