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Ecuador refuses to supply Soviet weapons to Ukraine: what is the reason

Ecuador changes its mind about transferring weapons to the US for Ukraine after Russia's threats

Ecuador (a country in South America) has changed its mind about giving Ukraine Soviet-era weapons. Now they emphasize that they will not send weapons to our country or any other country involved in an international armed conflict.

The statement was made on Monday, February 19, by Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Gabriela Sommerfeld, El Universo reports. "There is a clear instruction from the President of the Republic of Ecuador that the country will not send any military aid to a country involved in an international armed conflict," she said.

The minister also added that Ecuador, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, "promotes conflict resolution, always respecting international law and the peaceful resolution of these contradictions."

As a reminder, Ecuador wanted to exchange old Soviet military equipment, which, according to President Daniel Noboa, had become "scrap metal," for new American weapons worth about $200 million to fight drug cartels.

However, on February 19, the country's foreign minister informed a US congressional committee that Ecuador had reconsidered its decision.

This was preceded by Russia threatening to impose an embargo on Ecuadorian bananas and flowers in response to the transfer of weapons to Ukraine, citing alleged pests.

On Friday, February 16, Ecuadorian Trade Minister Sonsoles Garcia said that the Russian embargo on five Ecuadorian banana exporters had been lifted.

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