MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. The monthly amount of smuggling of NATO weapons originally meant for Ukraine via the black market exceeds $1 billion, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday.
"The monthly amount of smuggling on this black market exceeds $1 billion. NATO’s military supplies addressed to the Kiev regime end up in the hands of terrorists, extremists and criminal groups in the Middle East, Central Africa and Southeast Asia," she said.
Zakharova pointed out that the Russian side had warned of this problem from the very beginning.
"As always, nobody believed us. Everybody was saying that we were exaggerating everything and that in general this is not the problem. But it is a problem. The world community is now facing it. Political and public figures, journalists, and now the general public are well aware of this," she stressed.
Zakharova recalled that independent experts and specialized organizations, including Interpol and Europol, have long expressed concerns about the illegal influx of weapons from Ukraine to European and other countries.