Turkey Concerned Over Russian Arms Sales

ANKARA (Xinhua)The Turkish government has shown great concern over the allegedly illegal weapons shipmen’s from Russia to Armenia’saying it would adversely affect the situation in the region.

Turkish foreign ministry deputy spokesperson Sermet Atacanli said at a weekly press briefing that weapons have been illegally changing hands between Russia and Armenia for the past two years.

He said that–according to Russian Minister for Cooperation with the CIS–Aman Tuleyev–Russia had sold 84 tanks and 50 armored combat vehicles to Armenia illegally. Atacanli also said that the illegal transactions were recently confirmed by Russian Defense Minister Igor Rodionov.

These illegal weapons shipmen’s are of great concern to Turkey because they will negatively impact the peace and stability in the region–Atacanli added.

The official said in conclusion– that the Turkish government hoped that the Russia’s would take all for the necessary steps to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

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