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Vadim Kozyulin on termination of Russia-Ukraine agreement on MANPADs export data exchange

02.11.2015

MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 2, 2015. PIR PRESS. “With repeal of one of the MANPADs transparency and control measures, Ukraine cannot disclaim responsibility for transfer of these rather sensitive armaments; other pretty strict liabilities concerning MANPADs are still in force. However, international attention to Ukrainian activities in arms exports becomes even closer. Ukraine’s reputation in this was tainted over the last two decades, so let us follow closely Kiev’s activities” – Vadim Kozyulin, Senior Research Fellow at PIR Center.

On October 28, 2015, the Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed a decree “On denouncement of agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the government of the Russian Federation on the exchange of information about portable anti-aircraft missile complexes “Igla” and “Strela” in the exercise of their exports to third countries or import from third countries”. The agreement was in force since 2009.

PIR Center's Senior Research Fellow Vadim Kozyulin supposes, the Russian authorities are still able to receive data on MANPADs transfer from Ukraine, but withdrawal from the agreement will focus attention on the international community to Ukrainian arms export. “With repeal of one of the MANPADs transparency and control measures, Ukraine cannot disclaim responsibility for transfer of these rather sensitive armaments; other pretty strict liabilities concerning MANPADs are still in force. However, international attention to Ukrainian activities in arms exports becomes even closer. Ukraine’s reputation in this was tainted over the last two decades (the keen reader could investigate the Faina merchant vessel case), so let us follow closely Kiev’s activities” – Vadim Kozyulin writes in his blog entry at PIR Center website.

The expert highlights that Ukraine is still a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, under which it has to provide the Secretariat with data on transfer of portable anti-aircraft missile complexes. Moreover, Ukraine is signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty, and as the UN member-state it has to provide information on arms transfers to the UN Register of Conventional Arms annually.

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