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Comment by the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence on France agreement to sale a Mistral-class ship to Russia


The Lithuanian Minister of National Defence, Ms Rasa Juknevičienė, who is also currently acting as the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in her comment of France's decision to sell Russia a Mistral-class amphibious assault ship has said: "The decision to export advanced assault military equipment to Russia has demonstrated the specific confidence of France to Russia. I would encourage Russia to show her confidence to NATO as well and do not take the North Atlantic Alliance as a security threat as it has been specified by Russia in her new military doctrine. I hope that this issue will be discussed in the upcoming meeting of EU Ministers of Defence in Spain, where I intend to cover the issue. Perhaps this case will encourage the EU, the UN to apply the strategic goods export related provisions in a more constant and transparent way and reach out for a unified interpretation thereof. I also hope that in future our allies will first consult within the Alliance before they make any decisions that may affect security interests of NATO and its separate member states or partner states".


Mr. Dainius Žalimas, Law Adviser to the Minster, has commented the same issue in the following way: "We think that the said sale is inconsistent with criteria II, III, IV, V and VI of Article 2 of EU Council Common Position 2008/944/BUSP that describe common rules of export control of military technology and equipment. Therefore, the execution of the sale may violate the principle of solidarity of member states which has been embedded in the Treaty of the EU and the responsibility of member states to ensure that the national policy must be in line with the position of the Union as it has been stipulated in Article 29 ( former 15) of the Treaty."

Prepared by Danguolė Bičkauskienė, Spokesperson, Minister of National Defence, 00 370 686 06265, 00 370 5 2735520.

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