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Polish Missiles in Chechnya?
October 29, 2008   
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The Polish foreign ministry Oct. 22 issued a statement to deny allegations in the Russian press that Poland was involved in a transfer of weapons to Chechnya.

According to an Oct. 21 report by Russian daily Izvestia, two Polish-produced Grom anti-aircraft missile sets were found in Chechnya Oct. 10 in a mountain village close to the border with Georgia. According to Izvestia, the missiles were sent to Chechnya via Georgia, which had bought them in Poland with the help of Ukraine.

"The Polish foreign ministry wishes to deny the allegation that Poland was supposedly involved in or allowed the transfer of this kind of weapon to non-state entities or other buyers subject to embargoes or restrictions under Polish law and international commitments," reads the ministry statement.

According to sources at the ministry, Poland has sold 100 Grom missiles directly to Georgia to meet the needs of its armed forces. International bodies responsible for the transparency of conventional weapon transfers, including the United Nations, have been notified about the contract.

Polish foreign ministry officials say the Polish-produced missile systems reportedly found in Chechnya may have come from Georgian arsenals taken over by Russian or Ossetian troops during the conflict in Georgia in August.
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