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U.S. State Dept nominee would warn Saudi, Qatar, Egypt against Russia military deals

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  1. BHarwana

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s nominee for a top State Department Middle East post said on Thursday he would dissuade countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt from weapons deals with Russia that could trigger U.S. sanctions.

    “I would work with our allies to dissuade them, or encourage them, to avoid military purchases that would be potentially sanctionable,” David Schenker, the nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, said at his Senate confirmation hearing.

    “In other words, I would tell Saudi Arabia not to do it,” he said.


    Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, had asked Schenker whether he agreed that reported purchases of Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile systems by Saudi Arabia and Qatar would trigger U.S. sanctions under a sweeping sanctions law that Congress passed overwhelmingly last year.


    Menendez also asked Schenker about reports that Egypt planned to buy 50 fighter jets and 46 helicopters from Russia.

    “These entities who are our allies must understand that under U.S. law ... the purchases of such systems ultimately are sanctionable and we will press very hard on the question of pursuing those sanctions should they choose to do so, and I hope you’ll communicate that in your role,” Menendez said.

    “Absolutely, senator,” Schenker answered.


    The sanctions law was passed last year to strike back at Moscow for actions including meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, its aggression in Ukraine and involvement in the Syrian civil war. Among its provisions is a bar on significant transactions with the Russian defence industry.

    Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have reportedly been in talks to buy the S-400. But Riyadh reportedly threatened military action against Doha if it went ahead with a deal to buy the systems, prompting Qatar to accuse Saudi Arabia of “feckless behaviour” that is tearing apart the pro-Western Gulf bloc.



    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-u...-russia-military-deals-idUKKBN1JA2OQ?rpc=401&
     
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    what is the problem with russian deals ?
     
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    CAATSA^^
     
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    the problem is $$$ out of uncle Sam pockets.
     
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    i dont under stand usa is affraid of compete russia in the global market?
     
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    Finally good news............................ for defence.pk members.
     
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    USA is placing too much bet on F-35 and If Russia sells S-400 it will get money to develop better Anti-Air Interceptors thus F-35 will no longer ensure US air superiority. The New Russian System S-500 already diminishes the concept of stand off weapons.
     
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    no,i dont think thats it. i believe its about killing/reducing russian govt and companies' large and increasing revenue from weapons sales.
     
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    We will see who are the lions and who are pus%ies at the end of the day..
     
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  12. BHarwana

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    lol

    Why wait till the end? I know it now. only turkey will buy it all the rest will deny it. China already bought it.
     
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    haha thats also true.. I also believe Qatar will not risk it..

    I am also interested about Indian choice as Trump is planning to push India more and more..
     
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  14. BHarwana

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    lol Qatar was never going to buy it lol. Qatar was just trolling Saudi. Qatar has the best RADAR in the whole region they are able to intercept any missile. The most expensive US RADAR has been constructed in Qatar why do they need S-400 it is point less for them after spending so much money on the US RADAR.
     
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    Kinda too late for that, isn't it? 20 of the 50 MiG-35s are already delivered and operational in Egypt with 20 more set to be delivered by September. So are 18+ out of the 46 Ka-52 Alligator helicopters ordered have been delivered and the 3 batteries of S-300VM had been delivered last year. An order for 500 T-90MS to be built in Egypt is already signed not to mention the TOR and BUK missile systems that have been purchased in the last few years along with the long-range radar systems and more.

    Not sure what the US wants to do here when they deny most vital components to Egypt because of Israel, what else is it supposed to do? First it's no AIM-120 for the 4th largest fleet of F-16s and then denial for 12 F-15Es and then no Longbow radar for the 46 Apaches in the EAF so it's forced to seek other forms of weaponry like the Rafales with MICAs and the MiG-35s with R-77s and other types of missiles since it was forced to do so.

    Watch for a very possible near-future deal for some big procurement from Russia since the F-16 has reached its procurement end with the EAF and it's not like the F-15 or F-18 or F-35 are being pitched in return. So to make such conditions are not very realistic, especially in Egypt's situation.
     
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