From Saturday, 3 October 2015, the EU sanctions against Russia will permit the sale, supply, transfer or export to Russia and/or the import, purchase or transport from Russia of certain EU Common Military List pyrotechnics where for use by the European space industry. Pursuant to Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1764, which amends Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP, the existing restrictions will cease to apply to: 

  • hydrazine (CAS 302-01-2) in concentrations of 70% or more; 
  • unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine (CAS 57-14-7) (import, purchase or transport only); and 
  • monomethyl hydrazine (CAS 60-34-4), 

where "for use of launchers operated by European launch service providers, or for the use of launches of European space programmes, or for the fuelling of satellites by European satellites manufacturers". 

From Friday, 9 October 2015, the existing prohibition on the provision of certain ancillary services related to these activities (technical assistance, brokering services, financing, financial assistance and other services) is also removed. 

While the restrictions are removed, prior authorisation must be obtained for any of the above activities from the relevant competent authority. EU Member States are in turn required to inform the European Council of all authorisations they grant and to provide details of the amounts of pyrotechnics transferred and their end-use.