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New Scandal Inflames Moldova Involving Arms Sale To Armenia

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  • New Scandal Inflames Moldova Involving Arms Sale To Armenia


    A new scandal involving the sale of arms to Armenia has erupted in the
    Moldovan capital of Chisinau. In September, the country's parliament
    demanded the government explain why the Defense Ministry is supplying
    arms to a region with unresolved conflicts, after which the deal was
    frozen. However, Moldovan Security Council Chair Yuri Rikichinsky
    recently tried to resurrect the deal, which was immediately condemned
    by MPs, reports Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

    Rikichinsky was called to parliament on Tuesday to provide explanations
    on a letter sent to parliamentary speaker Marian Lupu in which he
    requested assistance in completing the sale of arms from the National
    Army's arsenal. The deal refers to about 20 tons of rockets and
    missiles, which Moldova's Ministry of Defense is to deliver to Armenia.

    An expert with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed
    Forces (DCAF), Viorel Cibotaru, in an interview with the Russian
    publication, noted that the deal became a scandal because it was kept
    secret even from parliament, and more importantly, "Chisinau did not
    hold preliminary talks on this issue with Baku, which closely follows
    what is happening around Karabakh." This, according to the expert, is
    the main shortcoming of the country's leadership. Also, they "didn't
    secure a reliable [partner] for the route of delivery, as a result of
    which misunderstandings arose with Latvia," said Cibotaru. Otherwise,
    in his view, all was within the framework of international norms -
    Moldova had the right to sell weapons, including those of the type
    specified in the Defense Ministry list.

    Recall, during a Parliamentary Commission on National Security meeting
    it was announced that the deal cost $3 million 250 thousand USD.

    Speaking on the matter to earlier, Armenian Ministry of
    Defense spokesperson David Karapetyan said: "To meet the needs of
    Armenia's Armed Forces, the procurement and acquisition of weapons
    and military equipment are carried out under the laws of the Republic
    [of Armenia] and relevant international norms and obligations,"
    adding that in the interests of national security, the Ministry of
    Defense does not disclose details of the quantity or types of arms
    it purchases and from which country.