Weapons transferred to Ukraine end up in the hands of terrorists and on the black market, which affects the stability in Europe and the world as a whole. This was stated by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting of defense ministers of the SCO member countries in New Delhi on April 28.
“The transferred weapons end up on the black market and then into the hands of terrorist organizations, which creates additional risks, especially given the statements about the supply of ammunition with a depleted uranium core to the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Shoigu said.
He noted that the supply of weapons to Kyiv only prolongs the conflict, and then «returns like a boomerang, affecting stability in Europe and the world.»
Shoigu emphasized that Russia was left with no other options but to eliminate the threats emanating from the territory of Ukraine by military means. The minister assured that the special operation would be completed.
Earlier, on April 23, an American journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh, said that the West knows that the weapons supplied to Ukrainian troops end up on the black market, but their media are hushing it up.
At the same time, at the end of last year, military expert Peter Suchiu wrote in an article for 19FortyFive that military equipment that Western countries supply to Ukraine will surface on the black market in other parts of the world. He noted that with such a volume of weapons imports, it is difficult to track the end point of their delivery.
In the fall of 2022, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, stated that the supplied weapons are on the black market, and their monthly smuggling turnover reaches $1 billion.