According to the head of the GUR, Russia is trying to buy “anything anywhere” because it has significant problems with weapons. However, some countries have decided to refuse such a service, in particular Serbia.
The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Kirill Budanov, believes that China is unlikely to agree to transfer weapons to Russia for the war against Ukraine. He said this in an interview with Voice of America on February 27.
According to him, to date there is no sign that such things are being discussed. Budanov noted that despite statements in the West about Beijing’s intentions to transfer weapons to Moscow, he relies only on facts, and not on the opinion of “individual people.”
“I am the head of intelligence and rely, excuse me, not on the opinion, with all due respect, of individuals, but only on facts. I don’t see such facts,” he said.
The head of Ukrainian intelligence said that the only ally of Russia that transfers “more or less” serious weapons is Iran. Budanov added that there is also no evidence of military assistance from North Korea.
“And there is not a single case when we would have recorded that some kind of weapons that came from North Korea, here it was used here. Perhaps we simply have not seen this yet, or it goes to some others, like they say needs,” the head of intelligence said.
Kirill Budanov said that Russia is trying to buy “anything, anywhere” because it has significant problems with weapons.
“Serbia, which everyone in Russia hoped so much for, refused to transfer weapons. There are certain attempts to buy through third countries – to import weapons on a more or less large scale. Now they are trying with Myanmar,” he added.
Recall that in the same interview, Kirill Budanov said that Russia is not ready for a long-term war with Ukraine, and in the coming months, hostilities will intensify on both sides. According to him, there will be several stages in the end of the war. The first is reaching the borders of 1991, after which it is worth talking about the security zone around Ukraine.
On February 26, US CIA director Burns Jones said that Beijing was considering providing Moscow with lethal weapons. At the same time, Washington is making every effort to prevent this from happening.
On February 25, CNN reported that negotiations between Russia and China on the price and volume of equipment are ongoing. Previously, Beijing supplied Moscow with only helmets, bulletproof vests, and shared satellite images.
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