France, Germany and Italy supplied the weapons being used by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.
The three countries, according to Saily Mail, capitalised on a loophole in a ban of exporting arms to Russia to send Moscow €296 million worth of military equipment that is now being used against Ukraine.
Germany, France and Italy were said to be just three of at least 10 European Union member states to export almost €350 million (£293million) in equipment that can include missiles, rockets, ships and bombs
Recall that eight years ago, The European Union banned member nations from engaging in ‘the direct or indirect sale, supply, transfer or export of arms and related material of all types, such as weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts to Russia.
But the countries were able to sell weapons to Russia using a backdoor technicality that permitted contacts signed before August 1, 2014, or additional contracts that would help conclude those deals, despite the ban.
According to the report, France was responsible for the majority of exports, raking in €152 million in sales.
That amounts to 44 per cent of European arms exported to Russia, as reported by Investigate Europe.
Russia has taken delivery of weapons such as bombs, rockets, torpedoes, missiles, and explosive charges from France since 2015.
They also bought thermal imaging cameras for more than 1,000 Russian tanks, including T-80BVMs and T-72B3s, and infrared spotters for attack jets and helicopters.
Even in 2014, France was still allowing the sale of chemical and biological weapons to Moscow.
Germany came in at a close second, exporting 35 per cent of all European Union arms to President Vladimir Putin with €121.8million sold.
Italy sold the third most, exporting €22.5 million from 2015 to 2020. They also allegedly sold €21.9 million in arms and ammunition to Russian civilians and paramilitary groups between January and November 2021.
Britain also sold £1.7 million worth of arms to Russia after the EU ban was imposed, the report said.