Russia tries to circumvent sanctions using intelligence from third countries

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 09:20 – Oleksiy Pavlysh The Russian Federation is trying to involve third countries to mitigate the consequences of economic sanctions. According to information available to the intelligence services of Ukraine, the government plans to organize the production of military equipment on the territories of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Main Intelligence Department on Telegram Sanctions imposed on Russia since the start of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February 2022 have severely affected its economy. Sectors that depend on foreign technologies and parts have suffered the most. “To avoid sanctions, Russia, having close ties in the framework of economic and other associations and treaties, is trying to involve third countries”, – state the Ukrainian intelligence services. The plans, they say, also involve growing economic dependence on Russia among CSTO member states. In addition, Ukrainian intelligence services claim that Moscow is negotiating re-export agreements with Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan for the sale of Russian goods on international markets. “The [goods] are intended to be supplied as if produced in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and exported to third countries. More than 200 companies have already been created in these countries [for this purpose].” “Armenia creates a favorable environment for Russian business ventures, mainly in the technology sector. Since the start of the Russian Federation’s large-scale aggression against Ukraine, some 85,000 Russian nationals and 113 tech companies have relocated to Armenia. Russian citizens have created more than a thousand private companies and more than 250 joint-stock companies in Armenia which will pay taxes to both states – Armenia and Russia.” Ukrainian intelligence adds that the main Russian producer of anti-aircraft systems, the Ulyanovsk Mechanical Plant, works with Kazakhstan to obtain German-made parts for its production lines.Before the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia purchased parts from the Germany for the production/upgrading of its Buk and Tunguska rocket launchers.However, the supply of these parts have been stopped due to the sanctions.Read also: No “Armat”, navigation systems or drones: how the sanctions demilitarize Russia send defense factory personnel on leave or into combat Russian shipyards are unable to build ships due to lack of manufactured parts and funds ranger eng. The Collective Security Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance between Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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