Days after Germany announced a freeze on weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and urged other European Union members to do the same in view of the Khashoggi murder; Spain, Sweden, UK and France refused to block arms delivery to Riyadh.
The Spanish Parliament voted against a proposal blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia Tuesday, according to El Nacional newspaper. The proposal to stop the sales over Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul; was introduced by a mixed group that included deputies, but was rejected by a joint vote by the ruling Socialists and the opposition People's Party.
Antonio Gutiérrez Limones, a Socialist Party MP, asked for "prudence and to wait to find out the facts" before making such a decision, El Nacional reports."Spain is a country which meets its international commitments; the decisions taken should be collective, in the headquarters of the European Union," Gutiérrez Limones argued.
Spain had earlier backed down from a proposal to block a sale of 400 laser-guided bombs over Saudi Arabia’s war against the impoverished country of Yemen as Riyadh had threatened to cancel a $2 billion warship contract if the bombs sale was halted.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven also announced his decision not to stop Sweden's arms sales to Saudi Arabia Tuesday over the ongoing Khashoggi scandal.
France and the UK, which are considered Riyadh's two biggest suppliers, have also declined to cut arms sales so far. Germany, the fourth-biggest exporter of weapons to Saudi Arabia, however, announced Sunday that it would halt its arms sales to the kingdom.
European countries have current and ongoing projects in Saudi worth an estimated $50 billion including fighter jets, warships, armored vehicles and missiles.
Germany announced a freeze in arms sales approvals to Saudi Arabia and urged its fellow European Union members to do the same over Riyadhs admittance that its security team killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier told ZDF television that the German government would not approve any new arms sales to Saudi Arabia and would urge other EU member states to follow this example
The Spanish government announced Monday that it is canceling a deal with Saudi Arabia to supply 400 precision bombs and return 9.2 million Euros paid by Riyadh amidst apprehensions that the bombs could be used to target civilians in the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen
The Royal Saudi Air Force has commenced flying operations following the delivery of the first 4 of 72 Typhoon aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force. To support this, the Governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom have reached agreement on detailed arrangements under the Salam Support Solution that will provide support for operations by the Royal Saudi Air Force Typhoon fleet for a three year period
The Saudi Ministry of Defence and Aviation (MODA) has ordered three additional A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the Royal Saudi Air Force, bringing its total order to six aircraft. Saudi had signed a first contract for three back in 2008
CAE has been awarded a contract by Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to upgrade and expand the capabilities of the Swedish navys Naval Warfare Training System (NWTS) located at the Swedish Naval Warfare Centre (NWC) in Karlskrona, Sweden. The NWTS in service with the countrys naval forces since 2016 is used for training in a range of disciplines, including sensor operations and command, control, communications, and computers (C4)
Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop future combat aircraft capabilities and combat aircraft systems on July 18, 2019. The two countries will cooperate on the development of future combat aircraft capabilities, including future development of the JAS 39 Gripen
Spain has signed a contract with NH Industries, a consortium of Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker to acquire 23 NH90 helicopters that include seven naval versions for an estimated $1.7 billion
Spain has formally expressed interest in joining French-German Next Generation Weapon System, or NGWS project. The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles has requested the Spanish incorporation be formalized through the signing of a Letter of Intentions (LoI) or a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
The French and German defense ministers who met on Monday has agreed to sign the contract to jointly develop future-oriented capabilities-such as future combat air system (FCAS) and future combat ground system (MGCS) in early 2019. Following Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron's joint statement in the summer of 2017, expressing the political will to strengthen European defence by jointly developing FCAS and MGCS approved at the Berlin Airshow in April 2018, the defense ministers of both the nations noted that there has been significant progress of the work carried out so far, according to the joint statement issued on
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