Finnish police have no evidence of weapon smuggling out of Ukraine, Kyiv says
The media reported that there are allegedly signs that criminal groups illegally smuggle weapons from Ukraine to Finland (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
Finland’s police did not confirm earlier reports by Finnish media of illicit weapon smuggling out of Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said in a Facebook post on Oct. 31.
“On behalf of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the Ukrainian embassy in Helsinki immediately contacted the Finnish police for details,” said Nikolenko.
“In response, Finland reported it had no evidence of, or any specific facts regarding the supply of smuggled weapons from Ukraine.”
Nikolenko added that the Finnish ambassador in Kyiv also didn’t confirm the report, published by Finnish media.
“The news of the alleged smuggling of weapons from Ukraine to Finland is another piece of Russian disinformation,” he concluded.
On Oct. 31, Finnish national broadcaster Yle, citing the National Bureau of Investigation, reported there were signs that criminal groups were illegally transporting assault rifles, bound for Ukraine – to Finland. It was also reported that small arms, intended for Ukraine, were allegedly found in Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.
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