President Vladimir Putin has called for action to combat the illegal movement of weapons and ammunition into Russia, including from Ukraine. He emphasized the importance of investigating the routes by which these items enter the country and strengthening the regulatory framework. Putin has asked the head of the National Guard and the interior minister for a detailed briefing on the matter. This comes as Russian society becomes more militarized in the aftermath of the Ukrainian invasion, with no signs of the conflict abating. Russia has also increased defense spending, devoting a sizable portion of its budget to the war.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded action to stop the unauthorized importation of weapons and ammunition, including those from Ukraine.
Putin said at a meeting of Russia’s Security Council, “We need to think about how weapons and ammunition enter the territory of the Russian Federation illegally… including from the territory of Ukraine.”
“We need to look at all these channels, look at how departmental control measures are organized, and see what needs to be done additionally to strengthen the regulatory framework.”
He invited the minister of interior and the head of the National Guard to brief the Council in-depth on the matter.