Another turn of the screw:
1. In response to the growing concerns in relation to events in Russia and Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague made the following statement to the House of Commons on 18 March 2014:
“We believe that under current circumstances there is a compelling case for EU member states to act on defence export licences.
“The UK will now with immediate effect suspend all extant licences and application processing for licences for direct export to Russia for military and dual use items destined for units of the Russian armed forces or other state agencies which could be or are being deployed against Ukraine.
“We will also suspend licences for exports to third countries for incorporation into equipment for export to Russia where there is a clear risk that the end product will be used against Ukraine.
“All such licences were reviewed following the Prime Minister’s Statement to the House on 10 March, and so we are able to act immediately.
“We encourage other European nations to take similar action.”
2. In accordance with the Foreign Secretary’s statement, the Export Control Organisation has suspended a number of licences for direct exports to the Russian military.
3. We have also suspended a number of licences for incorporation in third countries before export to Russia.
4. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has been informed of the suspensions and will take action where necessary to ensure enforcement.
5. Impact on extant licence holders and new licence applicants:
- Extant licence holders will be contacted by ECO to inform them of the suspension.
- The suspension will be kept under review until such time as conditions indicate that it is appropriate to lift these restrictions.
This is in addition to Notice to Exporters 2014/4, which suspended export licenses to Ukraine for goods that could be used for internal suppression.