Party Of Regions: Ukraine Doesn't Provide Systemic Control Over Arms Exports

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine does not provide systemic control over arms exports, Party of Regions faction member Valeriy Konovaliuk told Interfax on Dec. 14.

Arms trade in Ukraine is a corrupt business, and the returns do not go to the national budget, according to the representative of Party of Regions.

He referred to the Ilyushin Il-76 plane seized in Thailand on Dec. 13. There had been reports claiming that the plane had come from Ukraine.

"Certain members of the [President Victor] Yushchenko team are engaged in regular arms trade under the cover of Ukrainian security services. The arms contraband continues despite recent scandals involving Ukraine," he said.

Arms trade in Ukraine is a corrupt business, and the returns do not go to the national budget, he said.

"In my opinion, these are the problems highlighted by the ad hoc parliamentary commission - the absolute lack of control over arms trade returns and the high degree of corruption. The only reason why our plane was seized, why in Congo and Somalia pirates took control over Ukrainian armor and other weaponry was that the shadow arms business in Ukraine continued to flourish despite the public response," he said.

Source: Kyiv Post

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