Foreign Ministry: No supply or transit of military goods from Russia through Ukraine to Syria in 2012-2013
There was no supply or transit of military goods from Russia through Ukraine to Syria in 2012-2013, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported.
The ministry's information policy department was commenting on an article published in the U.S. newspaper the Washington Post, entitled "Ukrainian port eyed as analysts seek Syria's arms source."
The Foreign Ministry said that Ukraine had voluntarily and completely stopped military and technical cooperation with Syria since May 2011.
The ministry also said Ukraine, "with deep concern and anxiety, is watching the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, the level of tension in which is constantly growing."
"Our country's position on the Syrian conflict was recently again confirmed by the Ukrainian president. We are in favor of an early end to the bloodshed and affirm the need to resolve the conflict exclusively by political and diplomatic means," reads the statement.
However, the ministry said that it was deeply concern in connection with obtaining more conclusive evidence that can confirm the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which has led to numerous casualties.
"Such actions are a flagrant violation of international law, especially the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction," reads the statement.
In this regard, the ministry called on the "conflicting parties and the world's leading players to stick to a maximally balanced and restrained position and avoid any steps that could worsen the already critical situation in this country."