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    Britain is to supply £132 million ($225 million) worth of arms to Russia despite the call for new sanctions, BBC News said Wednesday, quoting the report by the cross-party Commons arms export control committees released earlier today.

    MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) - Britain is to supply £132 million ($225 million) worth of arms to Russia despite the call for new sanctions, BBC News said Wednesday, quoting the report by the cross-party Commons arms export control committees released earlier today.

    According to the report, after the governmental review, 251 licenses for the sale of weaponry worth at least £132 million ($225 million) remain in force, while only 34 licenses were suspended.

    The licenses still in force include "body armor, components for assault rifles, components for body armour, components for small arms ammunition, components for sniper rifles, equipment employing cryptography, equipment for the use of military communications equipment, equipment for the use of sniper rifles, gun mountings, small arms ammunition, sniper rifles, software for equipment employing cryptography, weapon night sights and weapon sights," the report states.

    The news comes after Monday’s statements by UK prime minister David Cameron claiming to impose a complete arms embargo on Russia and demanding that France abandon its £1 billion ($1.7 bln) Mistral warships sale to Russia.

    The European Commission is expected to introduce a new package of sanctions targeting Russia’s financial and defense sectors on July 24.

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