Weaponry that Washington and its allies in Europe and beyond send to Kiev are likely to end up in the global black market, Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock said on Wednesday. Various criminal groups already have their eye on these weapons, the official told the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris.
Stock has urged the Interpol member states to actively cooperate in tracing the arms delivered to Ukraine, adding that those who supply the weapons should play a major role in this effort. The Interpol chief has also said he expects a “wave” of not just small arms but heavy weapons to flood the international black market as soon as the conflict between Moscow and Kiev ends.
“Once the guns fall silent, the illegal weapons will come. We know this from many other theaters of conflict. The criminals are even now, as we speak, focusing on them,” he said, adding that criminal groups would try to “exploit these chaotic situations” to get their hands on the armaments “used by the military and including heavy weapons.”