Czech companies sold U.S. weapons to Russia



The Polish Rzeczpospolitica news publication is claiming that Czech companies, despite EU bans, in February sold Bushmaster automatic weapons manufactured in the U.S. to Russia as well as German produced Sig Sauer pistols, considered the best in the world. Rzeczpospolitica  says the information is based on available documents in its possession, reports Ukrayinska Pravda, March 2.

According to the Polish publication, the weapons were officially sold for hunting. However, these weapons are used by special forces in many countries, including the U.S.

“So far no EU country has dared to sell lethal weapons to Ukraine. The weapons sold by Czech companies to Russia can be used not only to fight the Ukrainian army but also for provocation. If they are used in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin will claim that Washington is secretly supplying weapons to Ukraine,” Rzeczpospolitica writes.

The publication points out that such a scenario is quite likely since Russia, for example, does not need sniper weapons since it already uses the Dragunov sniper rifles.

A member of the EU Council responsible for overseeing the ban on weapons sales to Russia has stated that the Czech Republic is not necessarily violating the EU embargo since the ban does not include contracts concluded before August 1, 2014.

Update, 3 March 2015. The Czech republic has responded to the Polish criticism, claiming that the arms embargo is fully observed and the exported modern guns are designated for hunters.

Translated by: A.M.

Source: Pravda

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  1. Avatar Edmond Huet says:

    A handful of semi automatic AR 15
    carbines made by Bushmaster have been sold to gunshops in Russia.
    No automatic weapons (internet self proclaimed journalists do not know the difference)

    On the other hand, Russia has seized truckloads of Bushmaster assault
    rifles deivered to Georgia in 2008 when fleeing Georgians abandonned
    them .

    And I am sure Russia will win war in Ukraine because of a german made SIG SAUER pistol.

    Can’t you inform us better, Euromaidan Press ?

    1. Avatar Michel Cloarec says:

      Now that Kalashnikov factory is bankrupt, the green men need weapons in case the crimeans revolt . And that is very soon !

  2. Avatar Edmond Huet says:

    Bushmaster M4 assault rifles abandoned by fleeing Georgians. Russians took truckloads of them to Russia.

  3. Avatar Czech Friend says:

    Just one article in major Czech news media, other than that nothing so far. Will be monitoring the situation and mostly what our politicians have to say.

    Our MFA Zaoralek (Social democrat) is hard to read and not to be trusted. He seems to be copying Merkel’s line and sometimes Russian too, claiming sending weapons to Ukraine would be “counterproductive”. Btw he was present in Russia-Georgia war in 2008 as a parliament deputy where he supported then Russia’s stance.

    I think Poland is right unfortunately. Czechs, Slovaks and Hungarians are not to be trusted when it comes to their current leadership and Kremlin influence.

    P.S. Latest theory says these guns could be used for Russian propaganda providing “evidence” of Western involvement. Interesting.

    1. Avatar Edmond Huet says:

      Not these guns but real assault rifles seized in 2008 in Georgia.

      1. Avatar Czech Friend says:

        I don’t argue what brings better firepower but this is a matter of principle! Sanctions are just a lie if things like this don’t go unpunished.

        How can our FM claim arms to Ukraine don’t solve a problem and then looks the other way when our company supplies the agressor country on a sanction list.

        That’s hypocrisy of the highest order.

    2. Avatar Michel Cloarec says:

      Keep us informed ! How many kopek is the deal ?

      1. Avatar Czech Friend says:

        strange, but I couldn’t find that out. Only says according to the Polish paper who claims to have invoices it is “large number of guns and ammo”.

        And what’s more, they claim that the “sanctions” do not concern contracts agreed upon 1 Aug 2014-how ridiculously hypocritical is that?!

        Does that mean Mistral sale should go on as Hollande would love to? How come terroRuSSia had been able to export arms in total of 13 billion USD last year?!

        Are EU and US kidding us all???

  4. Avatar Charles J. Kollman says:

    The Bush family Rockefeller family H.Ford GMC. ATT. Gen Elect RCA. to name a few were all doing business with the Nazi’s. It took an act of Congress to stop them. Bottom line money talks and bull shit walks.

  5. Avatar puttypants says:

    I just don’t understand how these countries can be so low? I just don’t understand this? Are the czechs, Hungarians and Slovaks people that cruel?? If they’re not they need to rise up against there leadershiip and show the world what they are made of.

    1. Avatar DejaVu says:

      Those who forget the past are bound to repeat it. Budapest 1956 and Prague 1968.

  6. Czech President Zeman is a complete scumbag who is owned by the Russians 100%- Kremlin money and dirty tricks got him elected, and he does what Putin tells him to do. Czechs angry over Ukraine egged him last November, actually.