On 22 May, Russian defence contractor Almaz-Antey announced that it had filed an appeal with the General Court of the EU (the “General Court”) to annul its inclusion on the EU’s sanctions list concerning actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, pursuant to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 826/2014, which amends Council Regulation (EU) No. 269/2014.

According to the statement of reasons for its listing, Almaz-Antey was put on the sanctions list because it had contributed to the destabilisation of Ukraine by manufacturing anti-aircraft weapons for the Russian military, which then supplied the equipment to separatists fighting in Ukraine. Almaz-Antey says there is insufficient evidence to support its listing.