Libyan plane steered on Armenia

Libyan plane steered on ArmeniaThe scandalous arms deal was not without intermediaries.
Minister of Defence of Moldova Vitalie Marinuta have to answer not only for themselves.

On Wednesday, the Parliament of Moldova held closed hearings on the Libyan aircraft had arrived in Chisinau from Benghazi on Sept. 12 and flown away with a cargo of arms in an unknown direction. Defense Minister Vitaly Marinuta admitted that "ammunition, missiles and military equipment" from the arsenals of the Moldovan sold to Armenia. The expert of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces Viorel Cibotaru this fact, "NG" confirmed, noting that the scandalous deal has not been without intermediaries.

According to Viorel Cibotaru "technique has been sold since expired, and it is listed in the list which was approved by Parliament under President Vladimir Voronin, somewhere in 2004. "

The list was made that then "could be alienated by the Ministry of Defence." Or easier — sold. The expert says that "last user", in other words that conspiratorial client, because of which broke the fuss — Armenia. Specifically, this country that, according to Cibotaru found to have been delivered to the same ammunition and guns, in which the shelf life has expired. Also, if you believe the press-secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Moldova Alexander Zhosanu overdue "artillery and anti-tank systems." What in fact is possible to believe in the story of a ghost plane from Benghazi, hard to understand all have a direct relationship to her officials in the "testimony" confused, also knocked the blame on each other.

Although, according to Viorel Cibotaru deal as it legitimate, "the embargo on the sale of arms to Armenia is not, as well as, in general, and Azerbaijan." The only one on the views of the professional aspect: Baku would be offended. At the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Security is explained to this: "In the CIS there frozen territorial conflict, and we do not want, that Moldova was associated with a state that implements or arms one of the parties who are drawn into this conflict." It said the former head of the Service info and Security Service (ISS), a deputy from the Communist faction Arthur Reshetnikov, adding that even a deactivated "weapon has the ability to shoot." OMEGA agency recounts Resetnicov: it is possible that sold Moldova tool can be created for one of the parties to the frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is clear that there was a view of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Recall, September 12 cargo plane Il-76 en route from Libya, has made landing at Chisinau airport. After refueling, he flew to a military airfield in Marculesti, where, said the Ministry of Defence, was due to take delivery of military equipment, which had the state army, "acquired a Latvian company registered in Riga." After loading the plane took off from Marculesti during the second half of the day or on September 13.

Latvian Foreign Ministry denied that the military cargo from Moldova received one of the Latvian companies and Yerevan — the message that plane was an Armenian. Uproar. And the Prime Minister of Moldova Vladimir Filat told journalists that vyznat of the ill-fated plane from the media. In response, the head of the Defense Ministry said it would not take a step without the knowledge of the authorities. He was supported by former colleagues.

According to the ex-defense minister Valeriu Pasat by Moldovan law, Customs may miss the military cargo only in the presence of the respective government regulations. It is clear that without the prime minister similar document seem impossible. "And Defense Minister Vitaly Marinuta meant it when he said that he had acted with the consent of the authorities," — said Pasat. At the time, he was also involved in the transaction for the sale of MiG Pentagon. Later, he was tried for it — under the communists, more than 2-years he spent in the bullpen and then was completely justified. But, he said, "NG" Valery Pasat, "now ex-Prime Minister Ion Cubuc then said in court that it was he (premer. -" NG ") gave proper directions and offered to judge myself."

Former Defense Minister Valery Pleşca also questioned the government's ignorance of the head of all transactions for the sale of arms controlled. A former Director of the info and Security Council Artur Reshetnikov expressly stated that the Prime Minister Filat was clear that the Ministry of Defence is planning to implement armament, but he tried to hide this information. He said that the hearings on the Libyan aircraft will continue in the framework of the parliamentary commission on national security, of which he is, and in the plenary sessions of the Parliament.

In the governmental structures of Armenia "NG" did not comment on "the possibility of buying the party arms." The issue of counter a senior bureaucrat, "Well, in that such?" — Imposed conclude that he held indirectly confirmed the deal.

Managing Yerevan Center for Globalization and Regional Cooperation Stepan Grigoryan said, "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" that does not see anything sverhordinarnogo that if Armenia has purchased equipment, weapons or ammunition here and abroad. "We bought and bought — it is in order. In the world are bought and sold guns. Armenia — a sovereign government, no sanction is imposed, and the Republic has the right to legitimate ways to increase your defenses. Even more so in the criteria of the arms race, hosted by Azerbaijan, which is still three to four years back said that would bring its own military budget to the entire budget of Armenia, and now intensely buys different types of weapons to Israel, Pakistan and other countries. " Because, according to Grigoryan, if information about the procurement of arms from Moldova Armenia will be clear, this will only mean that Armenia is trying to protect its security and maintain the balance of power in the region. "But I'm sure more sensible to continue peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh's dilemma, stop the militarization of the region and taken to follow the obligations under the CFE Treaty," — said, "NG" Grigoryan.

Official sources in Azerbaijan so far declined to comment on the situation "until all the circumstances." Namely, the deputy spokesman Teymur Abdullayev, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, said, "NG", which does not have the information to comment.

According to the views of a self-contained political scientist, member of parliament of Azerbaijan Rasim Musabekova "for Azerbaijan, whose country despite four resolutions of the UN Security Council for 18 years occupying the Armenian armed forces, the sale of guns to Yerevan, much less the state, which is a partner in the GUAM area and experiencing the hardships she supported outside of separatism — a fact contrary. Chisinau duties to Azerbaijan not to sell in Armenia tool has not, and does not violate the prohibitions of international organizations. But in Moldova should give themselves to report that overlooked this fact in Baku remains. The principal is also an event that, disk imaging media, it was about expired shells and missiles acquired for a knockdown price. Acquire it, I may say, good for resale or are under sanctions regimes (in the case of Armenia is Iran or Syria), or if they want to soon begin military actions, because keeping expired shells and missiles — for themselves at a loss
because of the then need to spend money on their disposal. In any case, the international community this deal should raise questions. "

Armenia, as well as Azerbaijan is not a war zone, this is considered to Nagorno-Karabakh. At Yerevan, as in Baku, is not subject to any restrictions on deliveries of weapons and military equipment. In addition, they are not under UN sanctions. Because any claim on the sale of arms to the Armenian Republic are faster sensual nature than legal. Although it should be noted that the Constitution of Armenia, says that she is responsible for the security of Nagorno-Karabakh. And no one will give a 100 percent guarantee that the acquisition of Yerevan gun suddenly will not appear in Stepanakert, or on the border with Azerbaijan. Moreover, the country does not hide the fact that at times Armenian soldiers are serving in the land of Karabakh, but with all this stress that they or their ancestors — the natives of this mountainous region.

What tool could supply Moldova to Armenia — an open question. But, judging from the set, which is in its armed forces, it can be anti-system and anti-aircraft and artillery, and other weapons. However, the Armenian military, and in Moscow there are many retired generals of Armenian origin, said that Yerevan has never buys technologically sophisticated weapons systems from third countries, and the only manufacturer with a hard guarantee its correct functioning and operational effectiveness. Because none of MANPADS "Igla" or ATGM "Fogot" or "Storm", which is in service with the Army in Moldova, they could not buy. The only exception — cartridges and ammunition for 152-mm and 122-mm howitzers. Their establishment in peacetime malehankih parties Armenia cost is very expensive, easier, and cheaper to buy abroad.

True, some of the generals says that it is unlikely the final buyer was Armenia. Just those who nods in the direction of Yerevan, hide behind them. Could, with the blessing of NATO and the United States, supplying arms to Syria in support of Assad and the opposition forces equipment. Frankly it is in this for the Moldovan officials would be more expensive for yourself. So they nod in the direction of Armenia. Another option: it is possible that in Moldova sells excess Russian weapons and Romania. It joined NATO, it needs to change its armament to Western standards, and Chisinau as a staging post or as a cover Bucharest completely satisfied.

One way or another, but the questions remain and the Moldovan journalists. Deputy editor of the "Kommersant Plus" Artem Varenitsa saw "NG that once a day from the airport to Marculesti rises several transport — where and what they carry, is not clear.


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