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Philippines abandons Russian helicopters – The Moscow Times

The Philippine government has refused to buy 16 Russian military transport helicopters for $227 million. The country’s authorities fear that the deal with Russia, which is under sanctions due to the war in Ukraine, will lead to economic restrictions against the Philippines itself, said the country’s former defense minister. Delfin Lorenzana.

According to the ex-official, US intelligence agencies are aware of Manila’s decision and can offer similar heavy helicopters for the military needs of the Philippines. The country’s ambassador to the United States, Jose Manuel Romualdez, said that the deal with Russia could fall under the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” passed by the United States in 2017.

A spokesman for the Philippine military department said that the authorities would have to start the process of terminating the deal after the official decision to cancel it was made, since the contract had already been signed. Moscow may appeal, but the Philippine government is unlikely to revisit the decision.

The first batch of multi-role helicopters was to be delivered to the Philippines about two years after the deal was made. The initial payment was made by the Philippines in January. What will happen to the money after the decision of the Philippines to abandon the deal has not yet been reported.

In March, the Philippines supported a UN General Assembly resolution demanding that Moscow immediately end its invasion of Ukraine and withdraw all troops. The country supported the call of UN Secretary-General António Guterres to respect humanitarian principles to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

The Philippines is not the first country with which deals with Russia have been thwarted by the war in Ukraine. The US Department of Defense believes that the loss of military equipment by Russia in Ukraine will lead to the fact that Moscow will have nothing to supply African countries. This, in turn, may lead to the strengthening of China and the United States in the region. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Russia accounts for almost half of the main arms exports to Africa, mainly Moscow supplies weapons to Algeria, Egypt, Sudan and Angola.

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