No Duma Decision Yet on Alleged Arms Sales

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Russian State Duma has rejected a proposal on the adoption of a draft resolution over the cases of violations of Russia’s legislation while supplying weapons and military equipment to foreign states. The resolution implied illegal arms supplies to Armenia.

The draft resolution–which was tabled to the Russian Parliament’s Lower House by the Defense Committee (Chairman Lev Rokhlin)–the Committee for Security (Chairman Viktor Ilyukhin)–and the Committee for Veterans’ Affairs (Chairman Viktor Varennikov)–has received 206 of the Parliament vote–which is 20 votes less than needed.

Following proposals by a few parliamentarians the initial wording "Arms Supplies to Armenia" in the draft resolution was changed to "Arms Supplies to the Transcaucasian States." According to reports–this amendment was introduced mainly with Nikolay Ryzhkov’s efforts.

Parliamentarians Vladimir Ryzhkov–Alexey Mitrofanov–Galina Starovoydova and some others did not approve of the resolution.

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