Slovak companies supplied parts for the production of weapons to Russia and Iran
The publication said it had a list of thousands of items, including bearings, engines, electronics, equipment for the production of tire components, which could be used in the production of tanks, armored vehicles, missile systems or carriers of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Many export goods were supplied to Russian companies that act as subsidiaries of the arms industry.
The publication found out that the Rotax 912 engine was exported to Iran in April by a Slovak manufacturer of light aircraft. Such engines are installed on Iranian Mohajer-6 drones used by the Russian military.
The list of exported products does not contain the names of exporters, and they may be enterprises from other EU countries.
These transactions may constitute a violation of EU sanctions. The Slovak customs authorities probably did not classify the exported goods as dual-use goods that can be used for both civil and military purposes. Such goods require the approval of the ministries of economy and foreign affairs before being sent abroad, which was not obtained in this case. Slovak customs officials claim they acted in accordance with the rules and cannot influence whether the supplies will be used by the Russian military.
Slovakia is a member of the EU and NATO and has supported Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. It provided its eastern neighbor with various military equipment, including the S-300 air defense system.