23 Jul 2019 14:50

Lifting of sanctions against Eritrea to advance its economic contacts with Russia - Russian Deputy FM

MOSCOW. July 23 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to lift the sanctions imposed on Eritrea will allow for developing commercial and financial relations between the two countries, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.

"This concerns our financial relations, interbank cooperation. It is a very important decision, which was necessary in order to advance our contacts in business and commercial and economic ties," Bogdanov said when asked whether the lifting of sanctions imposed on Eritrea means possible supplies of weapons to the country.

On Monday, Putin lifted the sanctions imposed on Eritrea under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1907 of December 23, 2009.

The Russian sanctions in particular envisaged banning all government agencies, legal entities, and individuals from supplying Eritrea with arms, weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, military hardware, and spare parts. Russia additionally banned provision of training, technical, financial, and other aid in relation to military activity.

Another ban prohibited such products and services from Eritrea.

All cargo bound for and from Somalia and Eritrea was subject to inspection in Russia, if there were reasons to suspect it fell under the sanctions.