EU foreign service buys Belarus 15 suv drones


Despite its indications of support for the pro-democracy protesters, in October 2020 the EU bought the Belarusian authorities 15 surveillance drones, raising concerns that the video equipment they carry would be used to identify and arrest individual pro-democracy protesters. The EU foreign service paid for them out of an €850,000 neighbourhood project handled by Latvia and Lithuania, and denied that they could be used to identify individuals. The drones were intended for use to patrol EU borders and their use will be monitored by the European Commission.

Writer: Andrew Reitman

Publication: EU Observer

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