Jane’s Defence Weekly reported on Friday Ukraine had sold Kolchuga radio intelligence complexes to Iran. According, to British experts, such acquirement equipment has been aimed at reinforcement of Iran’s antiaircraft defence in the light of the nuclear program.
It is not the first time when Ukraine is alleged in selling of Kolchuga. In 2001-2002 the country was alleged in illegal sale of this intelligence complex to Saddam Hussein’s regime. It was the most serious scandal in the history of the independent Ukraine. Along with Gongadze’s case, it led to the international isolation of Ex-President Leonid Kuchma.
However, having launching military operation in Iraq, the US admitted that it was false allegations against Ukraine. None of such complexes was found in the territory of Iraq, the US proved.
“The USA does not raise issues related to Kolchuga within the context of its relations with Ukraine anymore,” said the US Ex-Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst in November 2003.
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