12:46 09.10.2012

Ukraine did not export weapons to Syria, says diplomat

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Ukraine did not export weapons to Syria, says diplomat

Kyiv has denied reports claiming Ukrainian weapons were exported to Syria.

"Ukraine did not and does not export such products to Syria," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

"Ukraine rigidly complies to its international obligations in the sphere of supplies of military goods," he said, and added that information about international supplies of such goods should be submitted to the UN and is available on the Web site of the UN Register of Conventional Arms.

"According to the information available to the Foreign Ministry, in 2010 a contract for supplies of military goods was signed with the Defense Ministry of Saudi Arabia in full compliance with the international requirements and national procedures," he said.

The Foreign Ministry said that more details on the implementation of this contract could be requested from the State Service of Export Control of Ukraine, which is in charge of all export issues.

Earlier on Tuesday, the BBC's Russian Service reported that in an investigation, several boxes with weapons addressed to Saudi Arabia were found on the base of Syrian rebels near Aleppo. Luhansk Cartridge Works was indicated as the producer of the weapons in the box.

According to the BBC, no one knows how the small boxes got to the base near Aleppo. As proof of the report, journalists posted a photo of a wooden box with a label, which reads that the content of the box was produced in Luhansk and sent from the airport in Hostomel in Kyiv region. The Saudi capital Riyad is indicated as the destination of the boxes.

The box's gross weight is 30 kilograms, and its net weight is 23 kilograms. The recipient of the box is the head of the communications department of the army of Saudi Arabia.

Ukrainian company Dastan refused to comment on reports that weapons made by it were discovered in Syria, BBC said.

A representative of the company said in an interview with BBC that Dastan does not have contacts with Saudi Arabia.

In a commentary on BBC's report the state company Ukrspecexport said that Ukraine does not export weapons to the countries under embargo of the UN Security Council or any other sanctions of international organizations.

"Military and technical cooperation with other countries is carried out in full compliance with Ukraine international obligations and under control of the State Service of Export Control," the state company said.

The source added that "Luhansk Cartridge Works is a well-known manufacturer of ammunition for small arms on the Ukrainian market. The company produces not only 7.62 mm cartridges for the internationally popular AK submachine gun, it also produces cartridges for hunting rifles, which are also popular around the world."

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