"We never sold any weapons - we lack them ourselves. We produced some only for our armed forces," he said.
Smirnov believes articles in foreign press on Transdniestria as a center of illegal arms business are aimed at representing Russian-speaking residents of the left bank of the Dniester as terrorists, to substantiate in the future a possible military submission of that territory to Chisinau.
"We suggested the EU and the OSCE conduct monitoring of all our so-called military factories, our delimitation line between Transdniestria with Moldova, to find out who really sells weapons. But our proposals were left unanswered," the Transdniestrian leader said.