Swiss make 'record military sale' to Russia

AFP
AFP - [email protected] • 9 Mar, 2015 Updated Mon 9 Mar 2015 09:13 CEST
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Russia has acquired high-tech camouflage netting from Switzerland for a record €85 million, having placed the order before Bern imposed sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict, reports said on Sunday.

 The netting is designed to escape detection by radar and infra-red captors.
   
The contract was signed in August 2014, before Bern decided to mirror EU sanctions against Russia, Swiss economic policy spokesman Fabian Maienfisch told the ATS news agency, confirming press reports.
   
Maienfisch declined to name either the civilian Russian buyer or the Swiss supplier.
   
The United States and the European Union applied a first round of sanctions against Moscow for its alleged military role in Ukraine in March 2014, followed by further penalties as the conflict has dragged on.
   
The Swiss supplier shipped a first batch of the camouflage netting worth 54 million francs ($54.7 million) in October 2014, and the rest two months later, the Sunday weeklies Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung reported.
   
It was the largest ever sale of Swiss military materiel to a Russian company.

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