The Ukrainian engine manufacturing corporation, Motor Sich, has suspended the export of its products to Russia, Ukrainian Minister of Finance Oleksandr Shlapak said on Wednesday, the RIA Novosti news agency writes.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko banned all military-technical cooperation with Russia during a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council in mid-June. Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Yurii Sliusar said on July 15 that exports from Motor Sich to Russia had not stopped, and he added that the Ukrainian authorities needed to understand that finding demand for these products outside Russia would be impossible.
"I do not know that they (Motor Sich) are supplying products. Tell me that this is a fact, and I can assure you that the head of the company will be arrested tomorrow... Folowing the arrival of the new president, a decision was made at the National Security and Defense Council to ban the sale of not only military products, but also dual-use goods, to Russia," Shlapak said at a press conference.
He said that he was hearing rumors that such products were being sold through a third country and that every such case was being investigated in detail. The head of the agency said that all Ukrainian enterprises are banned from exporting military products to Russia despite the fact that the relevant international agreements with Russia have not been terminated.
The United Engine Corporation works closely with Motor Sich. The engines that are currently installed on aircraft and helicopters used by the Russian army and military transport aircraft are serially produced by Motor Sich and the Klimov plant in St. Petersburg (Russia).
Motor Sich recently said that it was not considering the possibility of moving production to Russia.