Gift Medvedev sparked a diplomatic row between Spain and Israel

Dmitry Medvedev

The Spanish foreign Ministry protested and demanded that the Israeli Embassy in Madrid to explain why during the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in tel Aviv, he gave the drone Sniper Spanish production. On Friday, 25 November, reports El País.

The apparatus of the Prime Minister presented the Minister of agriculture of Israel, URI Ariel. On 10 November during a visit to agricultural research Center Volcani located in the suburbs of tel Aviv, Medvedev was shown the products of the Israeli plant breeders and agronomists.

In addition to vegetables and fruits, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers demonstrated the drone of Spanish production. The Prime Minister is so interested in them that the Israeli Minister through an interpreter handed, which gives him the drone. The next day he was taken to the Russian Embassy.

According to the publication, in Madrid, said that the Israeli authorities had no right to give the aircraft because it is produced by the Spanish company Alpha Unmanned Systems SL., so, to transfer to third parties was necessary to obtain the permission of the manufacturer.

The Spanish authorities also noted that such a gift is contrary to the regime of EU sanctions against Russia, and the drone can be regarded as a high-tech product of dual purpose.

Israel acquired two Sniper with a total value of 100 thousand euros, said RIA Novosti. For approval of contracts for delivery, took several years.

A number of countries, including the USA and member States of the European Union has imposed restrictive measures against Moscow in 2014, linking them with joining of Crimea to Russia, and then the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. In response, Moscow in August 2014, imposed an embargo on the import of products from these countries.

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