Joe Bauers - 2/25/2005 8:23 PM
Howitzer - 2/25/2005 5:42 PM
Just like the old saying "Never fuck with a man's livlyhood" Putin is pissed that his arms sales to rouge states are being squashed.
I say haha........ha.......buy American.
So Putin is selling arms to "rouge states?" Those damned red states again!
Jeez sorry about the spell checker with a mind of it's own. But it is a little ironic don't ya think. [:p]
There is no question that Russia, as an independent and sovereign country, has the right to export its weapons. But there is a big question about the customers of Russian arms sales abroad, because most of them are considered "rogue states" Ã¢â‚¬â€œ countries with totalitarian regimes that have very strong anti-American sentiments.
We know that the armies of North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Vietnam, Cuba and many others countries are armed with amounts of Russian weapons that flowed to these countries in recent years that are growing dramatically.
For example, recently Iraq ordered 150 Russian mobile anti-aircraft systems for $7.5 million apiece in an apparent attempt to shoot down American and British warplanes enforcing no-fly zones. The Iraqis are also believed to be setting up their own production line to manufacture the missiles for use in a long-running battle with American and British jets.
Experts believe the deal will be the first of many military agreements, which could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the Russians. Previously Iraq negotiated a $150 million arms package shortly after the United Nations authorized air strikes by Britain and the U.S. in retaliation for Saddam HusseinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s refusal to cooperate with international weapons inspectors.
As RussiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Foreign Ministry announced recently, Russian companies plan to help build oil and gas pipelines, power stations and electricity transmission in Libya at a cost of $154 million, to cooperate in overhauling the nearly 90 MiG-25 combat jets Libya already owns, and to supply them with its S-300 air defense systems.
International sanctions against Libya, which were imposed after the bombing of a Pan Am airliner that crashed in 1998 in Scotland, were lifted last year. And Russia hoped this would allow oil-rich Libya to pay off its Soviet-era debts (of about $2.5 billion) and pave the way for a renewed economic and strategic partnership, as well as military cooperation between two old friends and allies.
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Russia is ready to sell its up-to-date weapons systems to anybody who is ready to pay big bucks, needed to get the money for realizing President PutinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pre-election promises to restore power to his countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s military machine.
And Moscow doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care about whose hands these weapons fall into after delivery. In particular, Kremlin leaders donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care about the possibility that these arms will find their way into the hands of international terrorists, who could use them not only against the U.S. and American friends and allies, but against the Russian people themselves.