Pushkov: the lifting of sanctions by the rocket fuel is the first step towards the revision of the EU policy


MOSCOW, October 9. The lifting of the EU ban on trade with Russia by components of rocket fuel acknowledges that suffers from restrictive measures and the EU itself, but also gives us hope that this decision will be the first step towards the revision of the policy of the Europeans towards Russia. This was stated by the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov.

As reported previously to the Agency a source in the rocket and space industry, the removal of the EU ban on trade with Russia by components of rocket fuel applies only to missions in the interest of the European space Agency (ESA).

“I consider this a – to date – the exception to the rule, wrong and harmful to the EU rules. And if to reconcile this with the statement of the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (who has previously called for the improvement of the EU’s relations with Russia – ed.), let’s hope that this is the first step towards the revision of the sanctions policy against Russia”, – said Pushkov.

He agreed that in this case we are talking about only one element of deliveries to Russia of hi-tech fuel, but “the situation is indicative: actually the sanctions have hit not only by such specific products, but they beat and on a wider range of goods that the EU could put to Russia.” Among them the Deputy allocated primarily agricultural commodities, given that due to retaliatory Russian embargo severely affected agricultural producers in Europe.

“Despite the fact that the EU has stipulated that it concerns only one type of product and it is made solely in the interest of the European space Agency, nevertheless it confirms the truth that suffers from sanctions and the EU itself, – said Pushkov. In this case, I think that many European companies would like to see and their high-tech products come on the Russian market”.

Cancelled the EU ban was the delivery to Russia of propellant used in upper stage block “Frigate” and used during the launches from the Guiana space center, explained earlier, a source in the rocket and space industry. Launches from Kourou in French Guiana using Russian carrier rockets “Soyuz-ST” with the upper stage block “Frigate”. In particular, they appear to orbit satellites of the European navigation system “Galileo”.