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Rewarding Russian Aggression

Will France strike an arms deal with Russia?

11:00 PM, Nov 12, 2009 • By GARY SCHMITT
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It was only a few years ago that, under pressure from Washington and Tokyo, the European Union stepped back from lifting its arms embargo against China. One of the arguments European governments made then was that the ban could be safely lifted because China had not invaded or been involved in a major armed conflict since 1979. That certainly can't be said about Russia. And with the Russian parliament having just passed a law expanding the conditions under which Moscow reserves the right to intervene militarily in its near abroad, the timing of such a sale could hardly be worse.

Gary Schmitt is director of the program on advanced strategic studies at the American Enterprise Institute.