On March 20, CAEC released an annual report scrutinizing UK arms exports and the policies of arms control. In particular, the report states that the country granted Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) worth more than 131.5 million pounds ($196 million) for arms exports to Russia.
- Lifted, the measures are counterproductive and have a negative impact both on Russia and the EU.89.1% (1834)
- Tightened, the current sanctions have not worked, pressure on Russia should be increased.6.8% (139)
- Remain the same until the Ukrainian crisis is resolved.4.1% (84)
Paterson added that the UK government has two months to respond to the CAEC.
The media officer concluded saying that the CAEC awaits the government's response on the steps needed to curb the number of license applications approved for countries seen by the United Kingdom as authoritarian regimes.
Overall, according to the annual report, the UK government approved SIELs worth 11.9 billion pounds ($17.7 billion) to 28 countries seen by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Countries of Human Rights concern.