The UK sold millions of pounds worth of dual use (Civilian or Military) equipment to Russia, including viruses, even after Crimea and the Alleged Salisbury Poisonings, all the way up until the invasion. The UK in 2020 sold China £1.6 Billion worth of equipment, including military equipment and viruses. If they are the so called biggest security threats, then why would we still be selling them equipment? Would you sell the next "Hitler" viruses? Lizz Truss, who cannot go a sentence without condemning them, was secretary of state for international trade at the time, who is responsible for authorising exports. All the links go to the governments website and documentation on exports. We sold China the most exports and Russia the 7th most that year, although the Russian exports were worth less money than other recipients.
I would like to thank Declassified UK for finding out this information.
Declassified UK Articles LIZ TRUSS APPROVED £289M OF UK EXPORTS WITH POTENTIAL MILITARY USE TO RUSSIA BEFORE UKRAINE INVASION - https://declassifieduk.org/liz-truss-approved-289m-of-uk-exports-with-potential-military-use-to-russia-before-ukraine-invasion/
AS THE UK HYPES THE CHINA ‘THREAT’, IT SELLS THE COUNTRY BILLIONS IN MILITARY-RELATED EQUIPMENT - https://declassifieduk.org/as-the-uk-hypes-the-china-threat-it-sells-the-country-billions-in-military-related-equipment/
We sold China the most exports and Russia the 7th most - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/strategic-export-controls-licensing-statistics-1-october-to-31-december-2020/strategic-export-controls-commentary-1-october-to-31-december-
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1090117/strategic-export-controls-quarterly-report-jan-mar-2021-cases-in-annual-report-format.pdf - Page 78 for China and page 286 for Russia
UK sanctions against Russia: Arms exports Research Briefing Thursday, 03 March, 2022 - https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9483/