Ukraine stops exporting arms components to Russia - official

Russia's defense industry has since March been receiving none of the weapon components it ordered in Ukraine, a Russian deputy defense minister said in a radio program on Saturday.

Russia's defense industry has since March been receiving none of the weapon components it ordered in Ukraine, a Russian deputy defense minister said in a radio program on Saturday.

"Approximately in March - in mid-March, - a document came out in Ukraine that prohibits supplying components for the Russian defense industry complex," Yury Borisov told Russian News Service.

Large amounts of Russia-bound weapon components had accumulated at Ukrainian customs checkpoints, Borisov said. He said Russia had prepaid 80 percent of their cost.

"If they go on with this policy, I don't know where they'll be able to find their sales markets," the deputy minister said.

The Ukrainian document also means problems in servicing Russian helicopters that are fitted with Ukranian-made engines.

However, "on the whole, I can't see any critical situation" because Russia has launched import replacement programs and has reserves of components, Borisov said.

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