Moscow denies claims of sending weapons to Croatia during Yugoslav wars


Russian Foreign Ministry denied claims made by Croatian media on deliveries of arms to Croatia from Russia in the early nineties.

Russia has always strictly respected its international obligations, including ones regarding embargo on the delivery of weapons to the conflicting parties during the Yugoslav crisis of 1991-1995, Russian Embassy in Belgrade said in a statement.

“We believe that these statements are provocative, that they are aimed at smearing the policy of the Russian Federation in the Balkans,” statement reads.

As noted by the Russian ministry, all the responsibility should be borne by the authors of these “ideas”.

As Croatian “Vecernji List” reported earlier, without citing sources, Russian Ambassador to Croatia, Anvar Azimov, summoned to a meeting Zvonko Zubak, Croatian businessman who deals in trafficking of arms, in order to ask him where are missing missiles from rocket system S-300, which Russia delivered to Croatia in the first half of the nineties.

Ambassador Azimov, however, said that the Russian Embassy in Zagreb has never called anyone for an interview regarding the delivery of weapons by Russia to Croatia.


  1. This is another FAKE NEWS moment where the Croatians are trying to please their NATO masters by embarrassing Russia…Croatia, if you have 80% of an S-300 why don’t you show us?

  2. Russia, and many other countries, were supplying weapons and military equipment to Croatia and BiH during the war. It is detailed in a book by Slovene journalists. Slovenia was a huge middleman in these arms deals:

    Book two Resell, released a couple of months later, had a more international angle, singling out arms export countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Russia. The contents read like an espionage-fuelled action franchise: Vienna served as HQ whilst transactions were executed in Budapest to companies registered in Panama, with millions of dollars forwarded to Polish and Ukrainian (via its Odessa mafia) arms exporters.–Boundary-01%3D_l1GtOcDaQR2bKCd&T=text%2Fhtml;%20charset=utf-8&XSS=3&header=1

    Chapter 11: All traces lead to Kremlin. The Soviet army possessed hundreds of thousands of ammunition depots in Eastern European countries. Many of these never returned to Russia, but were used in battles in Yugoslavia. During the UN arms embargo, Slovenia bought 52 SA-16 Igla anti-aircraft launchers with 400 missiles, 50 AT-4 Fagot anti-armor launchers with 500 missiles and 20 AT-7 Metis anti-armor launchers with 200 missiles, for 33.3 million dollars. But Iglas were of Soviet origin with Russian documentation. In January 1992, Dafermos organized a secret meeting between Russian missile experts and Slovenian Ministry of Defense officers, to examine the possible purchase of the mobile and expensive SA-8 Gecko anti-aircraft system. The deal was not realized due to high prices. Today, Konstantin Dafermos is the exclusive representative of the Russian state monopolist in arms trade, Rosoboronexport.