December 26, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter –
Five European countries are already supplying weapons to Ukraine, including lethal ones. Pavel Barbul, director of the state-owned enterprise Spetstchnoexport, which specializes in trade of military technologies, reported this in an interview with Radio Liberty.
According to him, the lion’s share of AFU purchases are made up of analogues of Soviet ammunition from the countries of the former socialist camp. In particular, VOG-17 and VOG-25, ammunition for grenade launchers, and some artillery supplies (100 mm and 152 mm) are coming from Ukraine to Europe.
Barbul refused to name which countries are selling weapons to Ukraine, in what volumes and at what prices. At the same time, he stressed that there are still significant restrictions on foreign markets for the sale of lethal weapons to Ukraine.
“The situation of deliveries of lethal weapons to a belligerent country is a restriction for all, we have situations where some companies can not obtain licenses for delivering ammunition within two years,” he said.
Barbul also said that this year Ukraine was supplied with lethal weapons from the US, namely PSRL-1 grenade launchers (modernized version of the Soviet RPG-7).
Recall that on December 21, the administration of US President Donald Trump approved the sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine, but excluding Javelin anti-tank missiles.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Putin, said that the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine could warm up the “hotheads” of the nationalists who seek bloodshed in the Donbass.
Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs said that the US decision to supply weapons to Kiev does not contribute to the achievement of peace, but, on the contrary, will lead to an escalation of the situation in the South-East of Ukraine. Note that on November 22, Richard Wendiver, director of the American arms manufacturer AirTronic USA confessed to supplying grenade launchers to Ukraine. Later, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States Valeiy Chaly confirmed the supply of lethal weapons.