Skip to comments.Russia ships arms to Fiji: What will be quid pro quo?
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 Russiaâs 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 Fijiâs Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimaramaâs inaugural visit to Russia in 2013, five bilateral agreements were signed, including new protocols on military technical cooperation. At the time, Russiaâs 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 Fijiâs peacekeeping forces in the Golan Heights. In July 2013, the then Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, announced that Russia had offered to arm Fijiâs 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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Nature abhors a leadership vacuum.
I like Fijii Apples, so there’s that...
just what former cannibal mean, loads of Russian AK 47s....
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
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.
or is Fiji spending some of it’s Global Warming money
There ain’t no such thing as a FREE LUNCH!
I think I learned that by the time I was TWO.
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.
Don't be naive. Human beings are the cause for war and misery. See Thucydides reasons why city-states went to war.
“War is the natural state of man” - Thomas Hobbes
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
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
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.
Wen yo’ be chompin’ on dat long pig wid’ yo Fijian bro’s, dey be lots o’ free lunch!
Fiji will allow Russian and Chinese vessels.
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