Originally appeared at A-specto, translated by Valentina Tzoneva exclusively for SouthFront
“Judging by everything, Bulgaria has benefited from unregulated arms trade”, Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Serious questions have arisen in Moscow in relation to discovered warehouses stocked with Bulgarian ammunition in eastern Aleppo, used by the opposition and extremist organizations in the fight against the government of Bashar Assad in Syria. According to Maria Zakharova, Moscow is leading fruitless talks with Sofia on an agreement to license rights on different models of weaponry from the 90s of the XXth century. This document is intended to regulate the export of military products to third countries, according to Russian officials, which they are not in a rush to sign.
“Obviously the lack of regulation in this area completely suits certain representatives of Bulgaria”, Zakharova said.
We would like to remind you that on 13 December, there was information, released by the Syrian army, which found ammunition depots and “Grad” missiles, produced in the Military Industrial Works of Sopot, in areas in eastern Aleppo. Supplies of ammunition, according to available evidence, was carried out by the company “Arcus” with headquarters in Lyaskovetz, Bulgaria.
It looks like the reaction of the Russian Foreign Ministry came a few hours after the interview of the outgoing Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev for the German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” in which the politician harshly criticized Russia with a number of charges, including those for targeted Russian propaganda and attempts to destabilize the European Union.