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Russia: How the U.S. protects its arms dealers

The U.S., which is the No. 1 weapons exporter, constantly tries to force Russia to stop selling arms under the pretext that the purchasing regime is not sufficiently democratic, said Ruslan Gorevoi in<strong> </strong><em>Versia

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When it comes to the international arms trade, the U.S. does not play fair, said Ruslan Gorevoi. The U.S. and Russia are the world’s largest exporters of weapons, “and the rivalry between the two is as big as their profits.” That explains why the U.S., still the No. 1 weapons exporter, constantly tries to force Russia to stop selling arms to this or that country under the pretext that the purchasing regime is not sufficiently democratic. That’s pure nonsense when you consider that “the Americans themselves never hesitate to sell merchandise to anyone, including African cannibals.”

The Americans have recently stepped up their campaign, flouting international law to stop ships carrying Russian weapons. Earlier this year, the Americans detained the Russian ship Monchegorsk, alleging that it carried arms destined for the Palestinians. The crew produced all necessary documents proving that their cargo was legal and headed for Libya. Yet the Americans managed to delay the ship so long that the exporter had to pay “a huge delivery penalty.”

In this manner, the Americans chip away at the Russian arms export industry. “Retaining their leadership in the global arms market is all they are interested in.”

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