Surge in sale of UK-made cars to Russia's neighbours shows how it's beating sanctions

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Tom Keatinge, Director at the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute says: "There are obviously very close economic ties between places like Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia, they sit within a kind of common economic area. And so really, once the good is in that area, your ability to track it as the manufacturer in the UK is lost. What you should of course, be asking yourself, when it comes to exporting that car, or whatever it might be initially is, 'Do I really think that this exporter who's suddenly come out of nowhere to buy 100 cars Is actually importing cars only into that third country? Or might they be trying to make money out of circumventing sanctions and selling that onward into Russia?'"