“We have noticed that, during the recent Council of the European Union meeting in Brussels, the leaders of the EU member-states quietly agreed on lifting restrictions on exports of gear to Ukraine that can be used for internal repressions. Exports of military technologies and equipment have also been allowed,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary available on its website on Saturday.
“Not only is the Council of the European Union’s decision permeated with double standards, but it also goes against the rules of control of exports of military technologies and equipment adopted by the European Union itself,” it said.
The restrictions that remained in effect earlier had been introduced by the Council of the European Union on February 20, 2014, that is, “when President Viktor Yanukovych was in office and when bitter clashes between armed national-radicals and virtually unarmed law enforcement bodies were continuing on Maidan. Then the European Union considered it wrong to ship special gear and weapons to ‘Yanukovych’s regime’,” the Foreign Ministry said.