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The EP did not rule out the possibility of European weapons falling into the wrong hands

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“The 2014 EU Council decision to impose an arms embargo on Russia states that the European Union should encourage third countries to follow the example of this embargo, Saturi added.

The MEP reminded Borrell that Egypt was the largest buyer of French arms in 2021, and asked what steps the head of diplomacy planned to take to prevent European arms from “falling into the wrong hands.

“What steps will the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy take to significantly increase control at the European level over arms sales, given the danger that European-made weapons could fall into the wrong hands?” asked Saturi to Borrell.

Vladimir Olenchenko, a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at IMEMO RAS, commented on Saturi’s appeal to Borrell in a conversation with , noting that there was hypocrisy and cynicism in it.

“The hypocrisy is that European politicians, and in this case French parliamentarians, are trying to make claims on other states while they themselves create such serious imbalances in international politics. And the cynicism lies in the fact that they adhere to the thesis of inflaming the situation in Ukraine. NATO believes that it is necessary to defeat Russia on the battlefield. They fear that someone is staying on Moscow’s side today,” the expert explained.

According to him, representatives of Western elites, instead of helping to resolve conflicts that arise in different regions of the world, are trying to make money out of them by supplying weapons to the conflicting sides.

“They believe that this is an additional “market” for them – a market for placing their weapons and making money on it. They use it very actively,” Olenchenko summarized.

Earlier, The Washington Post, citing a US intelligence document that appeared online, wrote that Egypt allegedly planned to secretly send up to 40,000 missiles to Russia.

Subsequently, White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said there was no indication of Russian arms shipments from Egypt.

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