Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denies reports on arms supplies to Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.14 /Trend/
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry denied media reports about the sale of multiple rocket launchers and anti-aircraft missile systems to Armenia by the Ukrainian side, RIA Novosti reported.
"The materials on this subject, which were posted on the internet resources are of unknown origin and frankly provocative," Foreign ministry spokesman, Alexander Dikusarov said at a briefing on Tuesday.
He noted that Ukraine strictly adheres to international commitments in the membership of the Ukrainian state in the UN and the OSCE in the development of military-technical cooperation with any country.
"In addition, given the future chairmanship of Ukraine in the OSCE, Kiev makes every effort to strengthen security and stability in the region," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Yesterday, details of the letter of head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Major-General Sergei Gmyza to President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on arms supplies to Armenia under a contract between Ukrspetsexport and DG Arms Corporation (the mediator of Armenian Defense Ministry) became known.
The letter offers to use front companies registered in EU and CIS for supplies. The letter contains a scheme of illegal supply of 12 units of multiple Smerch rocket launching systems and their components, as well as 50 Igla MANPADS from Ukraine to Armenia.
As noted in the letter, Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry received information about the contract between the Ukrspetsexport and DG Arms Corporation (the mediator of Armenian Defense Ministry) to supply 12 units of Smerch multiple rocket launching systems and their components, 50 Igla MANPADS, as well as the fact that Armenia has already paid 50 percent of contract value.
At the same time Gmyza indicates that Azerbaijan may be aware of this deal.
Not wanting to jeopardize the military-technical and energy cooperation between Azerbaijan and Ukraine, Ukrspetsexport is invited to "publicly renounce the fact of an agreement with the Armenian side." At the same time the Armenian company is offered to simulate the appeal to arbitration, "the spread among its environment of sharply negative attitude to the leadership of Ukrspetsexport and the Ukrainian side, as an unreliable supplier."
At the same time head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry proposed to carry out the delivery of Smerch sets in a conspiracy from the territory of Moldova, "using front companies registered in the EU or the CIS."
Marking on the products this should be changed, and in the case of disclosure of fraud to conceal origin of Igla MANPADS by warehouses in Libya, looted by rebels of the liberation movement.