January 23, 2012

Nyet, No Explanations!

Our friends, the Russians, i.e., the ones we hit the reset button with, and signed START II, a new nuclear arms reduction treaty (according to which we reduce, and they arm) just sold 36 fighter planes to Syria. Ya know, that place where protestors are currently being massacred in the streets by the Syrian government, and where an august Arab League delegation of "human rights" observers (led by a genocidal Sudanese General), sent to monitor the situation, is high-tailing it outta there 'cause it's dangerous!

Yes, our treaty buds, the Russians, have just given the Syrian government more ways to kill its citizens but, hey, they're making $550 million from it, moral principles be damned!

The Jerusalem Post  |  January 23, 2012

'Syria purchases 36 fighter planes from Russia'
Russian daily 'Kommersant' reports Syria, Russia inked $550 million deal for Yak-130 jets in December.

By Staff

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A YAK-130 military plane in an air show.  Photo by: REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Syria purchased 36 Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten fighter planes from Russia for $550 million, the Russian daily Kommersant reported Monday.

The deal, signed in December, specifies that production of the planes will begin once initial payments are made.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in January that Russia has no intention to justify its arms sales to Syria.

"We don't consider it necessary to explain ourselves or justify ourselves, because we are not violating any international agreements or any (UN) Security Council resolutions," he told an annual news conference.

A Russian-operated ship with "a dangerous cargo" reached conflict-torn Syria in early January, a source at the vessel's St. Petersburg-based firm said, after being temporarily halted during a refueling stop in Cyprus.

In December, Russia delivered anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, according to the Interfax news agency, days after a United Nations commission of inquiry called for an arms embargo on Damascus.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Original article here.


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