Within the framework of this policy, much more attention will be paid to the issue of human rights compliance by countries that will purchase weapons.
The administration of US President Joe Biden is preparing to announce a new policy in the field of arms exports, the emphasis of which will be more shifted towards guarantees of respect for human rights. This was reported by the Reuters news agency, citing sources.
As a high-ranking representative of the Washington administration told the agency, the new policy “will allow us to build and maintain a strategic partnership that better reflects the values and interests of the United States.” According to him, within the framework of this policy, much more attention will be paid to the issue of respect for human rights by countries that will purchase weapons. According to the agency, the new rules will be officially announced in September.
“In some cases, additional conditions will be added for obtaining approval,” a source in the US Congress explained. At the same time, according to him, the new policy may create difficulties in terms of the sale of such weapons as automatic small arms, which can be used by the police or irregular armed groups against the civilian population. At the same time, the upcoming changes can only slow down the sale of larger weapons systems, such as anti-aircraft missile systems or systems for the navy. However, such contracts are expected to eventually still be given the green light, the source said.
According to Reuters, the new rules will be in some way a departure from the policy of the previous US President, Donald Trump, who gave priority to the economic interests of American arms manufacturers when exporting weapons.