At the end of January, the independent Russian website “The Insider” and the Taiwanese publication “The Reporter” conducted a joint journalistic investigation and announced that Taiwan has become the most important supplier of metalworking machines to the Russian military industry in the past year.
“I have read that study. It is a pity that it appeared after we had already returned from Taiwan. We would certainly have had a discussion about it. Of course we are friends, but here, here, here are the problems. I want to look into your eyes and tell you what you can do more”, conservative Matas Maldeikis, chairman of the parliamentary relations group of the Seimas with Taiwan, told LNK news on Saturday.
He formed a delegation of 11 members of the Seimas, which took part in meetings with representatives of the Taiwanese government in Taipei from January 20 to 27.
M. Maldekis noted that Taiwan was one of the first countries to impose sanctions on Russia after the start of the war in Ukraine.
“As I understood from the investigation itself and from the situation itself, here it is business-to-business – business for business – a question in which we see this with the entire history of the West”, stated M. Maldeikis.
The representative of the ruling “liberals” belonging to the group of parliamentary relations with Taiwan, Seimas Vice-Chairman Vytautas Mitalas says that it is a matter of honor for Taipei to stop working with Russian industry.
“If there are some unprofitable people who export and sell goods there that can be used to grow Russia’s military industry, it seems to me that it is a matter of Taiwan’s honor to resolve and prevent those issues,” V. Mital told LNK news.
According to an investigation published by The Insider, despite the sanctions imposed by Taipei in January 2023 on the supply of machine tools to Russia, this equipment travels here from Taiwan via ships via third countries, mainly China and Turkey.
Based on Russian customs data on the international trade data platform NBD, “The Insider” announces that in March-September 2023, Moscow imported 193 units of machine tools from Taiwan for almost 29 million rubles. US dollars.