Against Foes Of His ‘Friends’
It seems that the scent of gunpowder will not leave mother earth, in near future.
Russia has been engaged in a bloody war with neighbouring Ukraine since February 24, 2022. President Vladimir Putin recently thanked the friendly countries for their support to the Kremlin during the crisis situation. He also announced that Moscow was ready to arm its allies with modern weapons.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2022 near the Russian capital on August 15, 2022, the President said that Russia was playing an important role in exporting modern weapons to different countries. According to the Russian Strongman, the influence of his country is gradually increasing, as far as arms export is concerned. Commenting on the Ukraine issue, he stressed that the Russian soldiers have been working hard for the past six months to ensure victory over the former Soviet Republic. President Putin also thanked nations friendly to Russia during this time for providing Moscow with diplomatic support, saying that Russia has chosen a sovereign and independent development path, and has taken steps to resolve regional problems in accordance with International Law.
President Putin assured his audience that his administration valued Russia’s ties with friendly nations in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Hence, he decided to offer modern weapons to his allies. “We are ready to offer our allies the most modern types of weapons, from small arms to armoured vehicles and artillery to combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles. Almost all of them have been used more than once in real combat operations,” he stressed. “We are talking about high-precision weapons and robotics, about combat systems based on new physical principles. Many of them are years, or maybe decades ahead of their foreign counterparts, and in terms of tactical and technical characteristics they are significantly superior to them,” added the President. He further hinted that Russia would also share modern defence technology with like-minded countries.
Meanwhile, Western defence analysts are of the opinion that the poor performance of Russian troops and weaponry in Ukraine would fail to attract potential buyers. They believe that the African nations, too, would not purchase Russian weapons.
Currently, Russia, the second-largest arms exporter in the world (after the US), accounts for around 20% of global weapons sales. From 2016 to 2020, Moscow had sold weapons, worth USD 28 billion, to 45 countries. As per a report published by Al Jazeera, Russia exports nearly 90% of its weapons to 10 countries, and India is the biggest customer of the former. The South Asian nation has purchased 23% of Russia’s weapons for nearly USD 6.5 billion in the past five years, as nearly half of India’s total arms imports (49.3%) came from Russia.
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