The United States announced on Thursday that sanctions had been imposed on a Slovakian man. It’s for his role in attempting to arrange the transfer of more than two dozen types of North Korean weapons and ammunition to Russia. Moscow is trying to replace military equipment destroyed in its battle with Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the battle, Russia has lost approximately 9,000 pieces of heavy military equipment. Russian President Vladimir Putin has become more desperate to replace them. According to a statement issued by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
She continued by stating that Putin was looking to “suppliers of last resort” such as Iran and North Korea. For weaponry as a result of this individual’s arms agreement.
Ashot Mkrtychev, a Slovak national, “attempted to directly or indirectly import, export, or re-export to, into, or from the DPRK any armament or related equipment,” according to the United States Treasury Department.
Mkrtychev negotiated with DPRK officials to buy around two dozen varieties of weapons and ammunition for Russia between the end of 2022 and the start of 2023.
Also listed were commercial aircraft, supplies, and equipment bound for the DPRK.
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