Sofia, Bulgaria: The Minister of Economy and Industry and leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party – Kornelia Ninova busting the claims of the Russian news agency, noted Bulgaria is not selling any weapons to Ukraine.
Ninova said, “I ordered for a full inspection already on the same day, and the outcome is that the government Commission for Export Control and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction has not issued a single export permit to Ukraine”.
The Minister, following the above statement, added there is no evidence to suggest or prove that Bulgaria had provided weapons to Ukraine, even during the time frame when a dispute between Russia and Ukraine began.
TASS, the Russian news agency, and as per police officials in Donetsk, during the attack on the village of Zaitzevo, a 30 mm automatic grenade launcher was utilised. The claims of the agency come to the military weapon manufacturer Arsenal, which is situated in the Bulgarian town of Kazanlak.
Earlier, the claims were also pointed out on the Arsenal for its involvement in the global disputes, as in the years 2015 and 2017, numerous publications claimed that the military manufacturer firm was selling weapons to ISIS. Even then, the allegations were denied by the company authorities.
Meanwhile, in 2018, the weaponry was seized, and the former employees of the company were detained by the police officers of Bulgaria at the company’s plant, which is still not operating amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. Although, the plant will resume its operations from March 4, 2022. Several workers of the company tested positive for the viral disease, after which the plant was closed.
On the other hand, contrary to the claims of the Russian news agency, the 30mm launcher is not on the list of the products which are being offered by the company on its website.