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Arms Supplies to Ukraine and the International Law

10.03.2015

MOSCOW, MARCH 10, 2015. PIR PRESS. “Should European countries decide to supply arms to Ukraine, it would become a serious challenge for the EU export control system and European civil society, which made a lot of efforts to establish the European Union common rules for the arms sale.  Today this truly effective tool, provided by both state and public control mechanisms, is questioned.  Temptations to make exceptions to the rules are great, but these exceptions may very well become the rule”, – Vadim Kozyulin, PIR Center Senior Research Fellow.

Western politicians and experts have recently regularly discussed whether the USA and EU should supply Ukrainian government with weapons. In his blog, PIR Center Senior Research Fellow Vadim Kozyulin highlights legal aspects of possible arms supplies.

According to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), – notes Vadim Kozyulin, – “when making a decision on granting a license for the arms export, exporting states should foresee and take into account the risk that the given arms supplies could violate peace or security and could be used for serious breach of international law and human rights”.

Moreover, as Vadim Kozyulin points out, EU member states in accordance with the 2008 EU Common Position on military technologies and equipment export “shall deny an export license for military technologies or equipment which would provoke or prolong armed conflicts or aggravate existing tensions in the country of final destination”.

“Should European countries decide to supply arms to Ukraine, it would become a serious challenge for the EU export control system and European civil society, which made a lot of efforts to establish the European Union common rules for the arms sale.  Today this truly effective tool, provided by both state and public control mechanisms, is questioned. Temptations to make exceptions to the rules are great, but these exceptions may very well become the rule”, – concludes Vadim Kozyulin.

Vadim Kozyulin’s article “Resources for the Counter-Terrorist Operations or Gunpowder for Ukraine Civil War” is available in PIR Center’s blog.

Vadim Kozyulin’s earlier publications “Arms Trade Treaty to Be Ratified” (in Russian) and “The Arms Trade Treaty: Mechanism Already Running” are also available at PIR Center's website.

Additional information about PIR Center’s activities is available by phone at +7 (495) 987 1915 or by fax at +7 (495) 987 1914.

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