Bulgaria's longest-circulation newspaper, Trud, conducted its own investigation and identified a system for the supply of arms and ammunition from Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia to Islamist groups in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as well as criminal groups in South Africa and the military coup in Burkina Faso . The Federal News Agency (FAN) publishes a translation of this material.
A new investigation by Bulgarian journalists showed that this is only the tip of the iceberg, and, apart from maritime transport, air is also actively used - the Azerbaijani state-owned airline Silk Way.
Only for the last three years the aircraft of the airline made 350 flights with weapons from the countries of Eastern Europe. At the same time, they all had the status of a "diplomatic flight", which saved them from inspections by customs and border authorities, and at the same time from paying fees for the use of airports.
The investigation began 6 June 2015 year, when the Bulgarian military testing ground Anevo died 41-year-old former US Navy officer Francis Norvil. The cause of his death was the explosion of a grenade 1984 year of release, which he tried to charge in the RPG-7 grenade launcher. At the same time, two more US citizens were wounded. The unusual circumstances of death attracted the attention of the Bulgarian media and soon the US embassy had to admit that Francis Norvilo was at the landfill as an expert on arming the Warsaw Pact - this confirms the assumption of Bulgarian journalists that he is a former member of the US Naval Intelligence. At the training ground, he tested the weapons for subsequent acquisition with the money of the US government for arming the Syrian opposition.
RPG-7 Grenade Launcher
At the end of 2016, after the Bulgarian weapons were found at the liberated Aleppo at 9 warehouses belonging to Jebhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda office in Syria and Iraq, it became known about the aforementioned sea transit paid by American firms. Yes, for a year and a half the Americans swept all the weapons of the Warsaw Treaty from the warehouses of the Bulgarian army and had to start buying it at a plant in Sopot, and the so-called democratic opposition in Syria, almost the majority, went under the banner of "Dzhebhat an Nusra."
However, one vessel, even continuously cruising between Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia, was not in a position to transfer all the output of the Bulgarian military plant. Moreover, his leadership recently announced that he has already exhausted all the human resources in the vicinity for continuous three-shift work and is already considering the construction of a hostel for workers from other regions of Bulgaria. Therefore, the journalist investigation of the newspaper "Trud" continued.
And the other day there were published documents, telling about the activities of the airline Silk Way. This company managed to unbelievable and impossible: it officially declared that it was transporting weapons and simultaneously received for its flights a diplomatic status, which according to international law is given only to military aircraft (the so-called sides No.1), and its planes were officially civilian. And it happened not in one corrupt state, but in the following states: Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, Turkey, Germany, Great Britain and Greece. Yes, the airline belongs to the government of Azerbaijan, but for such achievements it is obviously necessary to support the government of a more influential country.
In the liberated Aleppo, Bulgarian weapons were found at 9 warehouses owned by Jebhat an Nusra
From documents of the Register of Federal Contracts of the USA it follows that three American companies Purple Shovel, Chemring and Orbital ATK received from the US government over the last 3 year more than 1 billion US dollars "for the purchase of weapons of non-American standards" and this weapon was transported by an Azerbaijani airline. When she did not have enough airplanes, the air planes of the Azerbaijani Air Force were simply used.
So, 12 May 2015 year from the Bulgarian airport of Burgas flew an Azerbaijani military transport aircraft with purchased by the American company Purple Shovel 7,9 tons of pomegranate PG-7V and 10 tons of grenades PG-9V. The Recipient was the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, but the plane was unloaded at the Turkish airbase Incirlik.
18 October 2016 year diplomatic journey from Belgrade carried 15,5 tons of 122-mm rockets for multiple launch systems "Grad". They were bought by Chemring for the needs of the Afghan army, but the plane was unloaded in Pakistan's Lahore, although there are no such artillery systems in the arsenal of the Pakistani army.
122-mm rocket for multiple launch systems "Grad"
There were more complicated flights. So from 30 August on 5 September 2015 in Baku, the products of the local military factory CIHAZ were loaded on board the aircraft, then the aircraft was loaded in Belgrade with weapons of the Serbian company Yugoimport SDPR JP Formally, the military cargo was intended for the military ministry of the Republic of the Congo. However, on the way to the capital of this African state - Brazzaville, the plane landed in the Turkish city of Diarbekir at 235 km from the Syrian border. As a result, 25 aboard 82-mm mortars M69A came into service with the Islamist group "Division 13" operating in Ain Dakna, north of Aleppo. The same number of 40-mm grenade launchers RBG / 6M11 appeared in the groups "Islamic brigade Al Safua" and "Sukur al Shamal". The heavy machine guns Coyote caliber 12,7x108 mm armed with Islamists in Idlib and in the province of Hama. All this is confirmed by videotapes.
After that, the plane visited the airport of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and only then flew to Brazzaville. From there, however, he went not to his native Azerbaijan, but to the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, where exactly one week later an unsuccessful attempt of a military coup by the pro-American forces took place.
16 March 2016 follows a new diplomatic flight this time from Slovakia to the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan Erbil. The total weight of the cargo is 40 tons. This 10 thousand Kalashnikov assault rifles, 10 million cartridges to them and 2500 pistols PP14 FORT. The manufacturer of this weapon is the Slovak firm ELDON SRO
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan is the city of Erbil
The scale of arms supplies to the Kurds is rapidly increasing. So, just in March this year, the Kurdish People Protection Force (YPG) supplied more than 300 tons of weapons. Done 6 flights from Bulgaria and for each transported as a diplomatic cargo for 43 tons of grenades produced by the plant "VMZ-Sopot". In addition, from the Bucharest airport, 82 tons of Kalashnikov assault rifles and AG-7 grenade launchers delivered by Romtechnica SA
In addition to the United States, diplomatic ally Silk Way also enjoys their main ally in the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, which also supports Islamists in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. For 2016 and 2017 years, an 23 flight with diplomatic status for the transport of arms from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Serbia to Jeddah and Riyadh airports was carried out. In this case, for your own army, the kingdom does not need this weapon - it is armed with 100% NATO-type weapons. As a result, the Bulgarian anti-tank guns SPG-9 and GP-25 appeared in Syria in service with the militants of the Islamic state banned in Russia *. Even more interesting is that these same Bulgarian guns are used in Iraq in the defense of Mosul, which is stormed by the Iraqi army with the support of aviation and special forces of the United States.
In March of this year, the airfare paid by Saudi Arabia from Burgas was carried out 29,9 tons of Bulgarian unguided aircraft missiles UAR-80 VMZ, which could pose a threat to the Russian military space forces in Syria.
In addition to the US diplomatic flights Silk Way enjoys and their main ally in the Middle East - Saudi Arabia
Formally, all these weapons are procured for the Republican Guards of the Congo, but after intermediate landings in Saudi Arabia, only light small arms reach Brazzaville. From there, it is transferred to the states of South Africa, where criminal groups financed by the kingdom and covered by Islam, are trying to seize gold and diamond deposits.
Do not forget Saudi Arabia and the Islamists in North Sudan. 26 February 2016, the military aircraft of Azerbaijan delivered to them on a diplomatic flight two armored vehicles.
Secret arms transfers are actively used for the needs of the Azerbaijani army. So 22 and 31 March 2015, from Serbia and Bulgaria, 189 tons of shells containing white phosphorus were exported, whose combat use is limited to a number of international agreements. It is interesting that one of the recipients was the police of Afghanistan. But the planes also stopped in Baku. This is also confirmed by documents of the Azerbaijani embassy in Sofia.
Secret arms transfers are actively used for the needs of the Azerbaijani army
The newspaper "Trud" published information about Silk Way airline together with 49 confirming this documents. Moreover, she went on an unprecedented step and wrote an article not only in Bulgarian, but also in English. But, probably, the result will be the same as in December 2016, when the sea transportation of arms for Al-Qaeda to the money of the US government was proved.
Those who call themselves the world democratic public are not interested in this, even if there is evidence. They are much more interested in discussing, for example, the attacks of Russian hackers in the United States or accusing them of supplying arms to Russian businessmen, without bothering to provide evidence.
Earlier, the Federal News Agency informed its readers about the supply of arms to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda in Syria, banned in Russia, bought by the Bulgarian firm Vazovski Mashinostroitelni Zavodi-Sopot by the American companies Chemring and Orbital ATK. To purchase weapons, the firms received funding from the US government and transported it on a ship called Marianne Danica, which sailed under the flag of Denmark.
* The organization is banned in the territory of the Russian Federation.