The Ukrainian defense ministry denied media reports Monday that Ukraine had sold 250 nuclear warheads to Iran, RIA Novosty reported.

"Ukraine completely fulfilled international obligations to return warheads to the Russian Federation," Colonel General Serhiy Kyrychenko, the chief of the Ukrainian General Staff, said in response to an article published in Russian daily Novaya Gazeta Monday. "None of the warheads were lost during the return. This can be proven by relevant documents, the copies of which are in Russia and Ukraine."

The newspaper said that Ukraine had failed to return 250 warheads to Russia in the 1990s when the former Soviet republic declared itself a nuclear-free zone. The paper suggested the warheads could have been sold to a third country, including Iran.


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