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Kiev-Tbilisi: more arms procurement2009-07-03 22:54
Ukraine continues arming Georgia. They say in Kiev that the contracts will be signed until there is any reaction on the part of the UN Security Council. The latter keeps silent, and the situation on the borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains strained.
"We have been executing the previously signed contracts and will execute them until the UN Security Council makes a decision about the ban, - Segodnya.ua is quoting head of the Ukrspetsexport state company Sergey Bondarchuk. - We have got long-term and strong relations with Georgia. Our countries signed a treaty of friendship, as well as the documents confirming military and technical cooperation, which means that the whole of the legislative base enabling activities in the arms procurement market is currently in place". Bondarchuk has underlined that Ukraine is selling only defensive weapons to Georgia.
However, he gave an ambiguous answer to the journalist's question about the supply of T-72 armor, saying that it might be regarded in both ways. "I want everyone to understand: Ukraine continues arms procurement, however, it does not carry any responsibilities as to the way it is used, - head of Ukrspetsexport announced. - Things are overpoliticized. There are people eager to overblow a scandal out of nothing and get certain dividends from it". Besides, Bondarchuk pointed out that Georgia is one of Ukraine's principal partners, and the priority is given not to the politics but to the economical interest: "Owing to the Georgian contracts, we are able to give job to our enterprises, which is rather urgent in the context of the crisis".
Ukraine's position seems to be simple and clear: they are "just making money". They do not care about anything else. Of course, Kiev is not obliged to do as Moscow says. However, considering the current partnership, it could remember the close neighbor's painful reaction to the armament of the aggressor that had shed blood of the Russian peace-makers last August. Besides, one should not wave aside the document signed by President of Russia Dmitri Medvedev this January "On measures against the supplies of military and double-purpose products to Georgia". The document clearly states that up to 1 December 2011, any supply, sale or transfer of the military products to Georgia from the RF territory is prohibited. The document also implies various economical sanctions in respect of the foreign states, organizations and citizen supplying this kind of products to Tbilisi.
By the way, it was in September that Moscow raised a question of procuring arms to Georgia before the international community. Russia submitted to the UN Security Council a draft resolution on setting embargo upon the arms supply to Georgia.