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US Cancels Russian Helicopter Deal Amid Syria Standoff Senator
RIA Novosti ^ | November 13, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 11/13/2013 1:15:58 PM PST by Navy Patriot

WASHINGTON, November 13 (RIA Novosti) – The United States has scrapped plans to purchase additional helicopters from state-run Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport amid pressure from federal lawmakers over Russian arms deliveries to Syria, a top US senator said Wednesday.

“I applaud the [US] Defense Department’s decision to cancel its plan to buy 15 additional Mi-17 helicopters from Rosoboronexport,” US Sen. John Cornyn said in statement, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, has been leading a push in Congress to oppose the Pentagon’s purchase of Russian helicopters for deployment in Afghanistan due to Moscow’s weapons shipments to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad as his forces battle rebel groups in a fierce civil war.

Russia has insisted that it is fulfilling existing contracts with Syria, and that the deliveries are legal under international law. Moscow has also questioned the composition and goals of the various armed groups fighting the Assad regime.

(Excerpt) Read more at en.ria.ru ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: capitalism; crony; prorusskietrolls; russia
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Crony capitalism as bribes doesn't always work.
1 posted on 11/13/2013 1:15:58 PM PST by Navy Patriot
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To: Navy Patriot

LOL, an Obamatantrum.


2 posted on 11/13/2013 1:18:18 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Navy Patriot

Why are we buying helicopters from RUSSIA? Or any other country for that matter........


3 posted on 11/13/2013 1:20:17 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger
We buy Russian helicopters for two reasons, in no particular order:

Russians make good helicopters.

The purchases are crony capitalist bribes to further cooperation with US government policy.

4 posted on 11/13/2013 1:23:57 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Darksheare

5 posted on 11/13/2013 1:26:42 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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6 posted on 11/13/2013 1:29:01 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SandRat

LOL!
Thanks!


7 posted on 11/13/2013 1:29:13 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare
LOL, an Obamatantrum.

Yep, and Cornyn is first to get the memo.

8 posted on 11/13/2013 1:34:37 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot

No matter how good they are, we should by from American manufacturers.
The only upside I can see is this would force American manufacturers to upgrade their products to compete................


9 posted on 11/13/2013 1:36:22 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

That’s my question. We don’t have any American manufacturers that can build a helicopter?


10 posted on 11/13/2013 1:39:07 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Navy Patriot

Rino’s begin racing right!


11 posted on 11/13/2013 1:39:12 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Venturer

I think they plan to give them to the Afghans.


12 posted on 11/13/2013 1:40:54 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Navy Patriot

You couldn’t pay me to board a Russian aircraft.


13 posted on 11/13/2013 1:44:20 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Red Badger
Don't worry, General Motors or General Electric will get the contracts.

...... I'm sorry, not keeping up with the times,...that's Government Motors or Government Electric.

The US government employs Austrian Economics, ... at least the Swastika part.

14 posted on 11/13/2013 1:45:03 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Standing Wolf
You couldn’t pay me to board a Russian aircraft.

Generally speaking, you are correct.

Generally speaking...

15 posted on 11/13/2013 1:47:10 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Venturer

We do, but I know that Russian helicopters are typically huge, and can carry lots of stuff. That may be why......


16 posted on 11/13/2013 1:48:51 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Navy Patriot

Kruschev said that they would sell us the rope with which we will hang ourselves.........perhaps he was right......


17 posted on 11/13/2013 1:50:10 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Correct. The helos mentioned in the article, Mi-17s, are big suckas. Even then, these are not the biggest helicopters that the Russkies make.


18 posted on 11/13/2013 2:03:57 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Navy Patriot

purchase heliocpters to use in Afghanistan by whom??

US troops should only use US products - we have an economy in trouble. Buying Russian won’t help it.


19 posted on 11/13/2013 2:03:57 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: AppyPappy

I suppose because the Afghans have been so nice to us.


20 posted on 11/13/2013 2:12:31 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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