US Furious over Russia’s Arms
Supplies to Myanmar: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black
is one of many countries increasingly
interested in Russian weapons. It
has been announced
recently that Russia will sell six Su-30 fighters to Myanmar. An agreement was reached during the
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s visit to the republic on Jan. 20-22. Russian
naval and ground weapon systems were part of the agenda.
US State Department slammed the move, saying it was inappropriate to sell
weapons to that country because of the Rohingya
to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, the deal would add fuel to the
Myanmar’s internal conflict. It should be noted she said nothing about the US
supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine. She
also did not mention the fact that the Rohingya rebels are just another of many
armed insurgent groups operating in Myanmar but it’s the only one the US government
is worried about. Former Bill Richardson,
a former US ambassador to the United Nations and a former New Mexico Governor,
has just resigned from an international advisory panel on the Rohingya
refugee crisis. According to him, it is a “whitewash and a cheerleading
operation” for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi-the Myanmar’s leader puts
the blame on for the fallout of military operations against Rohingya rebels.
has no relation to the conflict, it does not take sides but anything will do
for the US State Department to use as pretext for attacking Russia and painting
it as an “evil empire”. One does not have to be an expert on defense issues to
see that the Su-30 fighter
jet are not designed for fighting rebels. Its prime mission is delivering
high precision strikes against naval targets. It is also effective against high
value ground assets an enemy might have. In a nutshell, it is an aircraft for a
big war with a sophisticated enemy. The Myanmar military have US-made F-16s to
use for guerilla warfare purposes. When Washington was selling F-16s to the
Myanmar government, it did not care a bit about the fact that the US-made
aircraft could be used against rebels.
US military don’t like the Su-30 ever since the Indian Su-30MKI version outperformed US
F-15 C Eagles in 2004 and 2005. A comparison show the Su-30MKI dominates
the US-made F-16. In 2015, the Su-30 MKI
outmaneuvered the UK
Typhoon during exercises. Myanmar is a lucrative market for
arms exports. The US views Moscow as a competitor. Moscow and Naypyidaw
launched military cooperation as far as the 1990s. Myanmar has purchased Russia MiG-29 fighter
planes,, Yak-130 combat trainers, Mi-17, Mi-24 and Mi-35 combat helicopters.
Russia is the main provider of surface-to-air missiles.
used to kill civilians in Yemen. American arms happened to get into
the hands of Syrian rebels. The Islamic State used
American weapons in Iraq and Syria. Washington sells weapons to more
than 100 countries and many of them are authoritarian. Recently, US weapons
used by Shi’ite Muslim militias against the Kurds in Iraq-the America’s
is the second
largest arms exporter in the world and it is strengthening its position by leaps
and bounds. It inks
lucrative contracts with the US traditional partners in the Middle East. Russia has a global lead in air defense
systems. Its latest S-400 is a real big success with deliveries started to
China and a contract signed with Turkey. Saudi
Arabia and Qatar
is one of potential customers discussing the terms. Russia owns its success to
its defense industry able to offer the best at acceptable price. Washington is
ready to go to any length to turn the tide.
same policy is used in other spheres. The US resorts to outright
pressure to make Europeans buy its gas, which is more
expensive than Russian. It does not shy
away from using any methods to promote its foreign policy objectives. With
Russia viewed as a competitor that stands up to pressure and pursues
independent foreign policy, it is blamed for anything going wrong in the world.
So, the pot is calling the kettle black again.