Caucase: Romanian arms for Georgia
7 August 2009
On the anniversary of the outbreak of the war in the South Caucasus, Cotidianul reports that "in late 2008, in spite of Russian warnings, Romania exported 3.6 million euros worth of infantry weapons and anti-tank grenades to Georgia." The daily quotes an employee of the conventional arms department of the Romanian National Agency for Export Controls, who confirms the value of the arms shipped and adds that he cannot comment on sales in 2009, because "the report for the year has not been finalised." Bucharest has been selling arms to Georgia since 2006. Cotidianul notes that "the exports are not illegal," though there is a concern that "they could sour Romania's relations with Moscow." The Russians have threatened Ukraine with economic sanctions if it continues to supply arms to Tbilisi.