Afghan helicopter deal to be ended if Russia continues to arm Assad's Syria
Washington, USA - Senators against this purchase due to Moscow's ambiguous policy
(WAPA) - Despite Russia sent humanitarian aids to Syria its role in the tragic situation the Country is living is still ambiguous.
In fact, 17 US' senators have sent a statement to Pentagon declaring the US' Department of Defense should drop a 900 million dollars contract to supply a Russian Mi-17 helicopter fleet to Afghanistan, since Moscow seems to be arming the regular Syrian Army, led by president Bashar al-Assad.
John Cornyn, US senator, also declared "I am concerned that the US Army is listed among the clients of Rosoboronexport (the Russian intermediary which operates the export of defence products, such as airplanes and helicopters). The United States has many alternative places to purchase helicopters, should we be rewarding Russia for its actions on Syria by buying their Mi-17s?".
The reply arrived by Irina Yarovaya, head of the State Duma's security and anti-corruption committee, who said "A number of senators have recently made statements that seem strange at best. Possibly this statement is one of them".
Must also remember the Mi-17, the most sold helicopter in the world, is already operating in Afghanistan since Soviet occupation. Many exemplars was used by Mujahideen after the Russian Army withdrawal and are currently capable to fly, since United Kingdom too started to train local pilots to use them. (Avionews)