Turchynov Said That Ukraine Has the Right to Sell Arms to South Sudan

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



As of this moment there are no UN restrictions or sanctions on Ukraine concerning trade with South Sudan. This was stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Aleksandr Turchynov during a briefing.

“As for this question, firstly, South Sudan is a country that is a member of the UN, a country that is recognized by Ukraine, a country that has an embassy in Ukraine. Currently there are no UN restrictions or sanctions against this country. That’s why to say that Ukraine has violated some sanctions isn’t correct, it’s unprofessional, because there are no such sanctions. Ukraine adheres to all its international obligations, all of the undertaken international agreements that Ukraine has signed or ratified,” noted Turchynov, answering the question of deliveries of arms from Ukraine to Sudan.

As a reminder, earlier Amnesty International accused Ukraine of supplying arms to South Sudan.

According to the secretary of the NSDC, such a statement is an attempt to stop the beginning of military and technical cooperation with Ukraine’s strategic partners.

“There was a publication, that private enterprises violate some ban on arms supplies in Asian and African countries – we checked this information – it isn’t true, everything is within the framework of the law,” he added.

Recall that according to the information of the report of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Ukrainian companies became key in the scheme of trafficking weapons between EU countries and Africa.

“Ukraine will further work in foreign arms markets, because it’s not only the prestige of the country – it is a real resource for our country, and this is a real push for the development of our defense industry complex,” said Turchynov.

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