Skip to comments.Senators push Pentagon to cut ties with Russian arms firm over Syria
Posted on 03/12/2012 4:00:50 PM PDT by ColdOne
U.S. taxpayers should not be put in a position where they are indirectly subsidizing the mass murder of Syrian civilians, wrote the senators, led by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
"We urge you to use all available leverage to press Russia and Russian entities to end their support of the Assad regime, and that includes ending all DoD business dealings with Rosoboronexport, which is within your authority as Secretary of Defense, they wrote. Continuing this robust business relationship with Rosoboronexport would undermine U.S. policy on Syria and undermine U.S. efforts to stand with the Syrian people.
The company has a $375 million contract with the Defense Department signed in 2011 to provide 21 dual-use Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan military.
Cornyn questioned Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey about the contracts at a Senate Armed Services hearing on Syria last week. At the time, the Pentagon officials said they were not aware of the specifics of the relationship with the company.
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Three liberals and one skunk republican. Not our business, how about we stop renting their rockets and let whoever is on the space station starve. Senators are idiots.
Assad is not a nice guy, and he has been our enemy. But the revolutionary Muslim protestors trying to overthrow him are even worse.
Wrong side! Again!
Really good point. We made ourselves dependent on the Russians and they know how to use leverage, too. We may have built the ISS, but the Russians could cut us off any time.
They can put the EU under by cutting off oil and NG, and these brain dead senators do not now that.
No: Assad is not a nice guy, but he isn’t killing Christians.
Do we really need another country run by the Muslim brotherhood?