28 November 2023
Djanogly questions Government on preventing Russia developing complex weapons

Following the Government statement on Ukraine, Jonathan Djanogly raises concerns at western technology being sourced by Russia and asks about efforts to stop it.

Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con)

Effective military support to Ukraine is more than just about providing weapons; it is also about stopping Russia producing and getting its own weapons. The right hon. Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw) asked about this in relation to Turkey but I would broaden the question: is the Minister aware of western technology being sourced by Russia and does he think we are doing enough to stop it?

The Minister for Armed Forces (James Heappey)

I am certainly aware that there was an alarming level of content from the west in a number of Russian systems that were compromised in the early part of the war. That leads to two further points. First, there is the reassurance that if we are constraining our supply chain to Russia—which the sanctions regime largely is, albeit not completely and we need to work on that—its capacity to develop complex weapons is diminished. Secondly, that also suggests that Russian industry does not have the ability to do these things itself.