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Russia ships arms to Fiji: What will be quid pro quo?
atimes.com ^ | January 28, 2016 | Anna Powles and Jose Sousa-Santos

Posted on 01/28/2016 12:29:12 PM PST by Trumpinator

Russia ships arms to Fiji: What will be quid pro quo?

By AT Editor on January 28, 2016 in Asia Times News & Features

(From the National Interest)

By Anna Powles and Jose Sousa-Santos

When the MV Saint Confidence and MV Solidat arrived in Suva Harbor last week to deliver a consignment of donated Russian weapons and equipment to Fiji, it sparked an immediate reaction. Opposition MPs and security analysts have made several claims including: the deal was clandestine, the weapons could potentially be used against Fijian citizens; and Russia’s increased engagement with Fiji is an opening move in a battle for influence in the Asia Pacific region.

The Russian arms deal was not secret but nor was it transparent. During Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s inaugural visit to Russia in 2013, five bilateral agreements were signed, including new protocols on military technical cooperation. At the time, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that Russia wanted to pay particular attention to assisting Fiji with its UN peacekeeping deployments. Bainimarama also referred to having secured Russian help for Fiji’s peacekeeping forces in the Golan Heights. In July 2013, the then Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, announced that Russia had offered to arm Fiji’s peacekeepers. That month also, Fijian Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola stated in the Russian English language press that Fijian peacekeepers would be issued with Russian-made individual combat gear that includes small arms. The details were still to be worked out and were subsequently never officially made known.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: fiji; russia
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Russian armed surrogates in UN blue helmets on the Golan Heights? Interesting.

Nature abhors a leadership vacuum.

1 posted on 01/28/2016 12:29:12 PM PST by Trumpinator
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To: Trumpinator
The quid pro quo from Fiji will be sugar, garments, gold, timber, fish, molasses, mineral water and coconut oil.
2 posted on 01/28/2016 12:30:43 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Trumpinator

I like Fijii Apples, so there’s that...


3 posted on 01/28/2016 12:30:58 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway - "Enjoy Yourself" ala Louis Prima)
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To: Trumpinator

just what former cannibal mean, loads of Russian AK 47s....


4 posted on 01/28/2016 12:32:43 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: cloudmountain

a location for huge fish processing plants, to balance the US fish processing plants in the nearby Samoa islands. The Pacific Ocean is being reaped of its vast schools of tuna


5 posted on 01/28/2016 12:35:03 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Vendome
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=where%20are%20fiji%20apples%20

Google: fromJapan

Fuji apples were developed in the late 1930s by growers at the Tohoku Research Station in Morioka, Japan. Fuji apples are a cross between two classic American apple varieties - Red Delicious and Virginia Ralls Janet.

You can "Google" Fiji to see what they produce or read my post above about Fiji.

Japan versus South Sea Islanders....like comparing Germans to Indians.

6 posted on 01/28/2016 12:36:59 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: LeoWindhorse
a location for huge fish processing plants, to balance the US fish processing plants in the nearby Samoa islands. The Pacific Ocean is being reaped of its vast schools of tuna

Yep.

7 posted on 01/28/2016 12:37:31 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Trumpinator

or is Fiji spending some of it’s Global Warming money


8 posted on 01/28/2016 12:41:54 PM PST by butlerweave
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To: cloudmountain

There ain’t no such thing as a FREE LUNCH!


9 posted on 01/28/2016 12:42:23 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone
There ain’t no such thing as a FREE LUNCH!

I think I learned that by the time I was TWO.

10 posted on 01/28/2016 12:44:25 PM PST by cloudmountain
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Free Republic Caucus 16 01/28

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11 posted on 01/28/2016 12:58:55 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Free Republic Caucus: vote daily / watch for the thread / Starts 01/20 midnight to midnight EST)
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To: Trumpinator

Arms to Fiji. There are brief moment when I think the global military arms industry is a chief cause of so much war and misery. They need a certain amount of fighting.


12 posted on 01/28/2016 1:04:39 PM PST by DesertRhino ("I want those feeble minded asses overthrown,,,")
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To: DesertRhino
There are brief moment when I think the global military arms industry is a chief cause of so much war and misery.

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Don't be naive. Human beings are the cause for war and misery. See Thucydides reasons why city-states went to war.

13 posted on 01/28/2016 1:06:57 PM PST by Trumpinator ("Are you Batman?" the boy asked. "I am Batman," Trump said.)
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To: DesertRhino

“War is the natural state of man” - Thomas Hobbes


14 posted on 01/28/2016 1:08:18 PM PST by Trumpinator ("Are you Batman?" the boy asked. "I am Batman," Trump said.)
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To: Trumpinator
Muslims are invading Fiji?
15 posted on 01/28/2016 1:16:42 PM PST by MasterGunner01 ( Barbara Daly Danko)
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To: cloudmountain

and this after Obama declared most of that part of the Pacific a ‘marine sanctuary ‘

who listens ? who cares?

They will listen to President Trump


16 posted on 01/28/2016 1:21:15 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: MasterGunner01

lots of Indian muz in the Fiji’s

Brits brought them in as sugarcane workers
Now they pretty much own all small business

Hindu and muz Indians


17 posted on 01/28/2016 1:22:17 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: MasterGunner01

Sort of - Fiji had been inundated with Indian migrants - lots of them brought there by the British as laborers I think and their numbers threatened the Fijian native domination. So there was a coup there and the US and others sanctioned Fiji.


18 posted on 01/28/2016 1:34:24 PM PST by Trumpinator ("Are you Batman?" the boy asked. "I am Batman," Trump said.)
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To: Don Corleone

Wen yo’ be chompin’ on dat long pig wid’ yo Fijian bro’s, dey be lots o’ free lunch!


19 posted on 01/28/2016 2:01:21 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Trumpinator

Fiji will allow Russian and Chinese vessels.


20 posted on 01/28/2016 7:42:12 PM PST by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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