(ANSAMed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 6 - The EU Commission is unable to
ascertain whether or not Finmeccanica has violated EU sanctions
against Syria, but if this were the case, ''it would be a
serious matter, because sanctions only work if all 27 countries
apply them,'' an EU spokesperson said today.
The comment comes in the wake of yesterday's Wikileaks
release of millions of classified emails documenting an ongoing
business relationship between Finmeccanica affiliate Selex Elsag
and the Assad regime.
Finmeccanica yesterday denied violating sanctions, saying
that the Tetra communications technology it sold Syria in 2008
was destined for civilian use only. ''It was intended for public
safety organizations that operate in civilian emergency and
rescue situations,'' the Italian conglomerate said in a note.
''Any other use it may have been put to is out of Selex Elsag's
If the violations were to be proven, national law would apply.