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Russia buys Japanese and Taiwanese tank parts through China - Nikkei

Russia buys tank parts from Japan and Taiwan

Russia buys components for precision instruments in its tanks from Japan and Taiwan. The deals are conducted through China by a businessman associated with the Belarusian government.

According to Nikkei, Shenzhen 5G High-Tech Innovation was opened in China after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022. It purchases spare parts for engines, precision instruments, and sensors for Russian tanks and other weapons.

It is through Shenzhen 5G that "a person connected to the Belarusian government" purchases foreign equipment, the publication claims, although it does not name him. The Belarusian opposition claims that it is Alexander Shakutin, chairman of the board of directors of Amkodor and owner of Saleo (the person is already under EU and US sanctions for supporting the Lukashenko regime).

According to the documents, the Belarusian Saleo received parts from Shenzhen 5G in May 2023: several batches of sensors manufactured by Metrol were purchased for 16,035 yuan (2,228 USD) per unit.

The Japanese company Metrol denies having any direct agreements with Shenzhen 5G. The company assures that their equipment may have been resold to Shenzhen 5G through third-party organizations, without the participation of the Japanese side.

In addition, products of Taiwan's Oriental Motor were delivered to Belarus through Shenzhen 5G; this company denies having any direct agreements with Shenzhen 5G.

The United States and the United Kingdom have added Shenzhen 5G to the list of organizations used to circumvent sanctions. However, Russia, as the newspaper pessimistically reports, will probably create a new fictitious company as "it is extremely difficult to block all supply routes for banned high-tech goods."

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