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Does the French Warship Sale to Russia Constitute an Infringement of EU Law?

There is an interesting argument about the sale by France of a Mistral class warship to Russia. Latvia and Lithuania think that the sale may infringe the Common Position 2008/944/CFSP defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment.

The common position establishes criteria to assess the export licence applications made for items on the EU Common Military List. The criteria include respect for sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council or the European Union, respect for human rights in the country of final destination, preservation of regional peace, security and stability, and the behavior of the buyer country with regard to the international community.

Some French diplomat has apparently said that Russia “is not the kind of country which is the target of the code”. This is not so apparent to me.