Israel’s defence ministry has ordered all Israeli companies that manufacture unmanned air systems not to begin or continue negotiations for new contracts in Russia.

Israeli sources on 4 August said the decision is a result of Russian intervention in Ukraine, and that Washington had played a major role in the ruling.

In the past, Israel Aerospace Industries and Aeronautics Defense Systems have signed contracts in Russia. The air vehicles and related equipment covered by these contracts have been delivered or are in the process of being supplied, and “the directive is about new contracts only”, one industry source says. “Follow-ups” related to existing contracts will be permitted – including the supply of spares and system upgrades – the source adds. […]