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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Denies Selling Bridges to Iraq

KIEV -- Ukrainian officials have denied fresh allegations that the country sold military logistics equipment to Iraq.

Citing an unnamed U.S. official in Washington, the British daily newspaper The Times reported Friday that "a pontoon bridge had been transferred and that other Ukrainian transfers to Iraq were 'a continuing problem."' The report added that "evidence emerged of fresh sales on Monday, but details were scarce."

Foreign Minister Anatoly Zlenko confirmed that Ukraine had exported pontoon bridges, but denied that his country had violated United Nations sanctions against Iraq.

"If there are any pontoon bridges in Iraq, our government doesn't have any responsibility for it, because Ukraine never sold such bridges directly to Iraq," Zlenko was quoted by Interfax as saying.

The report inflamed a controversy that has simmered since September when the United States accused Ukraine of selling radars to Iraq in violation of UN sanctions. Ukraine denies any sales.