Alexander Yakovenko, the Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Question from Moscow Times Correspondent Regarding Russian Arms Supplies to Sudan
Question: A number of Western media have carried reports that Russia is continuing to supply arms to Sudan. Is this really so? Please confirm or refute this.
Answer: In execution of the relevant UN Security Council decision, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a Decree on Measures to Implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1556 of July 30, 2004, by which all state institutions, industrial plants, firms and persons under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation are prohibited from selling or supplying arms, ammunitions and military equipment to all non-governmental entities, including Janjaweed armed units, operating in the states of Northern Darfur, Southern Darfur and Western Darfur of the Republic of Sudan.
This Decree is being strictly implemented. No cases of its violation have been observed.
Russia as a UN Security Council permanent member has consistently stood for a peaceful resolution of the situation in Sudan, including Darfur, by political means and against any actions complicating the attainment of this goal.
November 18, 2004