Itelligence reports confirm that Israel has started a process of limiting its defense security cooperation with Russia due to geopolitical ramifications of the Russian interests in Europe and outside Europe, particularly Ukraine.
Accoutring to Defense News Israel has forfeited some US $1 billion in defense trade and dual-use development projects with Russia due to a delicately balanced foreign and export licensing policy aimed at preserving security ties with Moscow without harming vital interests of the US and its NATO allies.
But given ongoing US-Russian geopolitical posturing and recent tensions over Ukraine, Israel must remain sensitive to the interests of its key ally in Washington, officials here say.
The result, a senior MoD official said, is a delicate and continuously calibrated “policy of balance” that has already cost Israel more than $1 billion in lost sales and opportunities for strategic cooperation with Russia.
Israel Aerospace Industries is carrying out a contract with Russia for Russian-based production of UAVs, based on the firm’s Searcher system. Israel is not terminating previously scheduled deals with Russia, but is severely limiting its export approvals amid turbulence in Ukraine. (Israel Aerospace Industries)