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Russia receives components from British firms - Sky News

Russia receives components from British firms - Sky News Photo: Components from British firms make their way to Russia (GettyImages)

Sky News analysts have investigated how components from British firms end up in Russia.

Equipment for drones, heavy machinery, and various goods is being shipped from the United Kingdom to Central Asian countries like Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Uzbekistan.

Export to Kyrgyzstan has increased by more than 1100%. The analysis indicates that these goods are then re-routed to Russia.

Despite sanctions imposed after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, some goods from the UK still reach Moscow. These are "dual-use" goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes.

Analysts have found that other European countries, primarily Germany and Poland, also send a significant amount of equipment to Russia through these Central Asian and Caucasus states.

"They're clearly getting an order from somewhere that is a Russian satellite that happens to be domiciled in one of these Central Asian countries," former chief economist of financial body the International Institute of Finance (IIF), Robin Brooks.

"From the Western European and especially the EU side, I would say, this has been going on for a while. It is at this point widely known in Brussels, and I think there is a key question as to why nothing is being done at a central EU level to stop this?" continued Brooks.

A spokesperson told Sky News, "We also recently announced the creation of a new Office of Trade Sanctions Implementation to strengthen our enforcement of sanctions."

Sanctions by the United Kingdom against Russia

Earlier, we reported that there has been a surge in violations of sanctions against Russia in the UK.

In Britain, a special office has been established to monitor sanctions against Russia.