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'Added Danger for Burkina Faso': Russian Envoy on Arms Smuggling From Ukraine

© Sputnik . Ekaterina Tchesnokova / Go to the mediabankAlexey Saltykov, Russian Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso, at the Russia-Africa Forum in Saint Petersburg
Alexey Saltykov, Russian Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso, at the Russia-Africa Forum in Saint Petersburg - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 27.07.2023
Moscow has repeatedly warned that the weapons with which the West is pumping Ukraine are finding their way to the black market and end up in the hands of criminal elements, then moving across the globe.
The borders between countries in the Sahel zone are porous, facilitating the smuggling of Western weapons, originally supplied to Kiev, into Africa, and thus posing a threat to the stability of Burkina Faso, Alexey Saltykov, Russian Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, told Sputnik Africa.

"Of course it poses an added danger for Burkina Faso, which is facing a massive presence of jihadists who are very, very developed. And I think that's a real problem for Burkina Faso," he said.

According to the Russian diplomat, "the problem is very acute and very relevant for any country, because the use and distribution of Western weapons delivered to Ukraine are unregulated."
"These weapons can be in the hands of neo-fascist elements, terrorist elements, in the hands of drug dealers," he lamented.
US-supplied M777 howitzer shells lie on the ground to fire at Russian positions in Donbass region on June 18, 2022.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 25.07.2023
Western Weapons Delivered to Kiev May End Up in Terrorist Hands in Africa, Expert Says

Illicit Weapons in Africa

In November 2022, former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari drew attention to the need for better border protection in the Lake Chad Basin, denouncing the conflict in Ukraine as a source of arms proliferation in the region.
Speaking at the 16th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission in Abuja, he said that despite the successes achieved by the troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force and the various national operations underway in the region, terrorist threats still loomed large.

Arms Trafficking in Ukraine

Last summer, Europol expressed concern that some of the weapons destined for the Kiev regime were ending up on the black market and in the hands of criminals.
"The proliferation of firearms and explosives in Ukraine could lead to an increase in firearms and munitions trafficked into the EU via established smuggling routes or online platforms," the body said last July.
For several years, the West has been sparing no expense in supplying weapons to Kiev. Moscow has already sent a note to the United Nations warning of the danger these deliveries to Ukraine pose.