The Foreign Ministry in Moscow has compiled a list of briefings in which it raised the alarm about unchecked weapons deliveries to Kiev. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the unchecked delivery of Western weapons to Ukraine has resulted in a large amount of these arms ending up in the hands of organized criminal groups and extremists around the world. In an effort to shed light on the issue, the diplomat published a compilation of excerpts from briefings conducted over the past 18 months, in which Moscow consistently raised concerns and provided evidence of the unchecked spread of weapons supplied to Kiev.
Zakharova suggested that the reason for this phenomenon was rampant corruption in Ukraine as well as corrupt ties between Washington and Kiev. She pointed out that despite Moscow’s repeated calls for international media to highlight the issue, major Western news outlets have refused to conduct investigations or assess the data.
In a briefing on August 2, 2023, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated, “By supplying all these weapons to the neo-Nazis in Kiev, the West encourages human rights violations by the receiving state, escalates the armed confrontation, and becomes an accomplice in the war crimes perpetrated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces against civilians on both sides of the line of contact.” They also expressed concerns about the theft, reselling, and transfer of weapons supplied to Ukraine, stating that Western OSCE member states find it increasingly challenging to conceal the multiple facts exposing these actions.
A briefing on July 26, 2023, highlighted the issue of stolen arms. The Russian Foreign Ministry referred to a Pentagon report that stated part of the Western arms sent to Ukraine had been stolen. They questioned the ability of the Pentagon commission to prevent dealers and other criminals from acquiring these weapons and warned that they would likely surface in different parts of the world, already being in the hands of terrorists and criminals.
On July 20, 2023, the ministry raised concerns about the illegal weapons ending up in the hands of dealers, terrorists, and extremists, exacerbating the terrorist and extremist threat worldwide. They emphasized the lack of analysis regarding the use of these weapons and warned that they were not even making it to the battlefields, instead falling into the wrong hands.
In a briefing on June 21, 2023, the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concerns about the flow of weapons into the black market and the potential blowback on European countries. They predicted that European voters would question how their taxes were being spent when they see criminals using weapons brought into their countries from Ukraine to commit crimes against their fellow citizens.
The June 15, 2023 briefing highlighted the involvement of neo-Nazi groups in the unrest in France and the use of Western-supplied weapons against the police. The ministry pointed out that the weapons supplied to Ukraine were having blowback on Western territories and their citizens, warning that they had predicted this outcome a year and a half ago.
On May 24, 2023, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the US State Department for not addressing the issue of unchecked weapons supplies to the Kiev regime and called for transparency regarding the destination of these weapons. They emphasized the responsibility of the US government in ensuring that the weapons they supply do not end up on the black market.
A May 10, 2023 briefing highlighted the large-scale corruption and arms smuggling that has resulted from the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, between 60 and 70 percent of Western weapons never reach Ukraine and are instead delivered directly to the black market. They cited Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock’s warning that the wide availability of weapons during the Ukraine conflict would lead to the proliferation of illicit weapons in the post-conflict phase, with the weapons ending up in the hands of organized crime and terrorists.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s compilation of briefings serves as a call to action for the international community to address the issue of unchecked weapons deliveries to Kiev and the resulting consequences. The ministry’s consistent warnings and evidence provide a compelling case for further investigation and assessment by major Western news outlets. The unchecked spread of weapons supplied to Ukraine not only poses a threat to Ukraine’s stability but also has global implications, as these arms end up in the hands of criminals and extremists worldwide.