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30 July 2020, 17:44

Shipments of Belarusian ammunition to USA dismissed as fake news

MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) – Belarus has not shipped ammunition to the USA, BelTA learned from the website of the State Authority for Military Industry of Belarus.

The source noted: “An attempt to make a scandal by claiming Belarus ships arms to the USA has turned out to be yet another case of fake news. Blatant lies, which used to be the mark of tabloids, are now copied by respected Internet mass media.”

On 27 July the website of the Russian-speaking Internet mass media Eurasia Daily (EADaily) published an article claiming that Belarus had started exporting ammunition to the USA. The article refers to a report of the Export Controls Directorate of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and claims that in January-March 2020 Belarus shipped €1.42 million worth of ammunition to the USA in transit via Romania.

“As the government agency in charge of developing and implementing the main directions of the government policy on military technology cooperation with foreign countries and on export control the State Authority for Military Industry of Belarus would like to officially state that the Republic of Belarus has not shipped any ammunition to the USA in 2020, including ammunition for hunting weapons and sport weapons,” BelTA learned from the website of the State Authority for Military Industry of Belarus.

The agency noted that even if such shipments had been arranged, they would not have contradicted bans and prohibitions on arms trade, which are introduced by the UN Security Council and which Belarus unfailingly observes. “As far as we know, the UN Security Council has not introduced any sanctions against European Union member states and the USA,” the State Authority for Military Industry of Belarus noted.

The Belarusian side supplies arms and military technology in strict compliance with Belarusian laws and international commitments. A reliable export control system has been created in Belarus. It allows effectively preventing any attempts at illegal shipments of weapons and military technologies, including light arms and small arms.

Belarus supplies military products only to legal governments provided they present internationally recognized end user certificates. “We would like to note that in Belarus even shipments of civilian products intended for law enforcement agencies of another country have to be authorized by the interagency commission on military and technical cooperation and export control under the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus,” the source pointed out. “This is why the information leak by Eurasia Daily resembles an attempt to find a black cat in a dark room when there is no cat there.”

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