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Konovaluyk: Ukraine continues arming Georgia

2009-10-08 18:45

Ukraine continues arms supplies to Georgia, said Ukrainian MP Valeriy Konovalyuk, who headed the established after August 2008commission on investigation of Ukrainian arms supplies to Georgia.

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"The Yushchenko-Saakashvili arms business goes on,"he said - RIA Novosti.

He noted that modern air-defense systems were being sold "for peanuts" to the Georgian military.

"After the end of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict in 2008, Ukraine - through the state-controlled company Ukrspetsstroi - continues deliveries of arms and military equipment to Georgia," he added.

According to Konovalyuk, later in October Ukrspetsstroi plans to sell to Georgia 12 modern T-84 Oplot tanks, among other weapons. The coming deliveries also include 10 T-72 tanks, three BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, 20 Igla man-portable antiaircraft missile systems and 40 Strela shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile systems, as well as an assortment of ammunition, shells and rockets.

At the same time, the Ukrainian army is "in a sorry state".

Russia strives for prohibition of arms supplies from Ukraine to Georgia. Kyiv cites to the recent UN report stating that this year only 40 armed vehicles and 1 tank were delivered.

Russia also accuses Kyiv in participation of UNA-UNSO [Ukrainian nationalist organization] in the August war. Ukraine disclaims its participation.

 

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