London is trying to buy second-hand Russian-made weapons, according to the country s defense minister.
British defense officials and diplomats are actively trying to procure old Soviet-made and Russian-made weaponry worldwide to give them access to Ukraine, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said.
Wallace told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that large parts of the ministry of defense and defense attaches around the world have been looking.
Russian officials are trying to do the same, the minister claimed, insisting that Moscow has been running out of its war stock. Sometimes we ve bumped into Russians looking for some of their resupplies because they are running out fast, he claimed.
Wallace stated that Soviet-made weaponry is the best choice to prop up Kiev in its fight against Moscow, given that Ukrainian forces are familiar with such hardware.
Multiple European nations have sent old Soviet-made weapons to Ukraine, despite the ongoing conflict that has left the stockpiles left from the Cold War era. The US sent in Mi-17 helicopters it had procured for Afghanistan but never delivered due to the collapse of the Western-propped government last year.
The UK has been one of the top supporters and suppliers of Kiev, sending thousands of anti-tank missiles into the country ahead of a large Russian military operation in late February. An additional package of heavy weaponry for Kiev has been approved by London, which includes anti-aircraft weapons, assorted missiles, drones, and various armored vehicles.
Moscow has repeatedly urged the West not to pump Kiev with weapons, with top officials admitting that the conflict has already turned into a proxy war waged by NATO against Russia. Moscow has warned that the continuous supply will only prolong the conflict rather than change its outcome.
Russia attacked the neighbouring state after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French-brokered Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to retake the two republics by force.