Two major NATO partners, France and Spain, continue to maintain strong commercial ties with Russia despite broad international sanctions in response to the country’s aggression. Even more alarming, according to a new report by Heritage Foundation experts Luke Coffey and Daniel Kochis, is that they are still doing business with Russia’s military.
Spain continues to grant the Russian navy access to the ports of Ceuta and Melilla for refueling and reloading. Meanwhile, France is proceeding with a $1.6 billion sale of two new Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to the Russian navy.
Coffey and Kochis conclude:
It is unacceptable that two major NATO member states would offer support to the Russian navy at a time when Moscow is actively attempting to dismember Ukraine and undermining the security of the Baltic states. The U.S. government should make it clear at the highest levels that it views any support to the Russian navy in terms of equipment sales and port access as completely unacceptable in light of Russian aggression.
How do you think the U.S. should respond to this behavior by NATO members?