After the strong accusations received by the Ukrainian foreign minister, Bosch takes a step back and cuts off all relations with Russia.
Bosch has communicated important decisions regarding its plants located in Russia, as a response to the ongoing conflict with Ukraine. Official confirmation arrives from the company’s headquarters in Stuttgart. The measure taken by the managers translates into cuts in deliveries, production blocks and the interruption of spare parts to the trade.
According to reports from the BBC , the decision comes following the words uttered by Ukraine on the identification of the delivery by Bosch of essential components for the means adopted by the Russian infantry . Kiev’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, pointed the finger at Bosch, accusing him of covering “for years” the needs of the military corps of Vladimir Putin ‘s country. The allegations “taken very seriously” by the German multinational, said the related spokesmen. In response, they have already initiated an internal investigation.
Bosch pointed out that it has stopped delivering truck components to Russian customers. A turnaround generated by the suspicion that the aforementioned components, contrary to the agreements signed between the entities involved, have found applications in a non-civil area . Earlier in the week, the company had returned the allegations made by Minister Kuleba to the sender, pointing out that the parts identified in Ukraine on the military assets had not been supplied by it, although they came from the relevant production lines.
“ We will naturally adhere to all current and future judicial and legal provisions – and these include sanctions,” Bosch said. In addition to parts for the automotive industry, the German giant also plays a role in the production of household appliances, power tools and industrial and construction technical systems. According to the 2020 annual report, the company owns several production sites on Russian territory, including in the capital Moscow and St. Petersburg .