Experts believe that this decision represents the Kremlin’s willingness to show the world that the sanctions imposed by the West are not sufficient to stop Russia’s aspirations.
Russia will produce vehicles without airbags and ABS systems due to sanctions by Western countries, resulting in a shortage of certain components.
The problem is the production of AvtoVAZ, one of the largest car factories in the country that belonged to the French group Renault. Russian officials have announced that they will resume production of the Soviet brand Lada after announcing their deportation.
However, it was difficult for the brand to start production, seeing some key components out of reach due to sanctions. Among them are important safety mechanisms such as airbags and ABS, but they are not the only ones. The emergency system used for electronic stability control and seat belts also had to fall down along the way.
To prevent more than 60,000 workers in the factory from taking a break from work, Moscow has decided not to waste time and to end some regulations that require automakers to respect safety measures. .. In addition, the vehicle does not meet carbon emission standards.
According to the American television channel NBC News, the president of the Global New Car Assessment Program, a car safety standards body, said the process was “very sad” because it represents a “step back” in car development, especially for brands. It is “symbolic” like Lada.
For political experts, this decision represents the Kremlin’s willingness to show the world that sanctions are not enough to stop Russia’s desires.
“This undoubtedly shows the Russian government’s willingness to sacrifice the quality and safety of goods in the name of the Ukrainian aggression. To their national and international audience, they are influencing sanctions. I want to show that there isn’t, “said Jeffrey Edmonds, a former member of the US National Security Council.
It is recalled that Renault announced in May that it would sell its stake in Russian car maker AvtoVAZ for a symbolic amount. However, the French company left the door open for possible returns with a six-year repurchase option.
The 67.69% owned by the French company in Aftwaz is now sold to the R & D Institute for Automotive and Engines in Russia and is valued at 2.2 billion euros.