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Russia Arms Myanmar Regime

Posted on Dec 25, 2009
monks marching in Burma

The military in Myanmar—subject to an anti-government march, above, of estimated 100,000 in Yangoon in 2007—is purchasing 20 MiG-29 fighter jets.

While the U.S. is by far the world’s largest arms supplier, Russia has reportedly signed a deal with Myanmar—against which many in the West have imposed sanctions—to provide the country formerly known as Burma with 20 MiG-29 fighter planes. For, you know, uh, defense.  —JCL

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Russia has signed a contract to deliver 20 MiG-29 fighter planes to Burma, Russian media reports say.

The contract is worth 400m euros (£356m; $570m), sources close to the Russian arms firm Rosoboronexport say.

Many countries in the West have imposed sanctions against Burma, in response to its poor human rights record.

But the country’s military rulers still receive many goods, including arms, from its neighbours China and India, as well as Russia.

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By samosamo, December 28, 2009 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

By DieDaily, December 28 at 7:19 am

Thanks much for those two links to better information that america’s msm will ever allow.

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By ardee, December 28, 2009 at 3:42 am Link to this comment

DieDaily, December 28 at 7:19 am

Russia has always been us, and we them. This is nothing more or less than the same tired and far too expensive, in lives and money, battle for economic dominance.

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By DieDaily, December 28, 2009 at 2:19 am Link to this comment

What do you expect the Russians to do? Sit around playing tiddly winks while we bomb the living snot out of their environs, drive NATO right up to their borders and arm the crap out of every militant within 500 miles of their border cities? I’ve been watching Russia Today ( What an awesome news service that puts any of ours (including and especially Al Ja-BBC-zeera). I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way Russia became us while we became them. And when did the Asia Times ( become the best news source about our own economy and foreign policy? Well, at least truthdig is slowly turning it around and edging ever closer to the “truther” perspective (aka the rest of the world’s perspective, the well researched perspective, the SKEPTICAL perspective.)

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By RickinSF, December 26, 2009 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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What’s the big deal? Myanmar has already had about a dozen MiG29s for a while.

Besides, when the US brings democracy to this country, they’ll be easily brushed

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By ardee, December 26, 2009 at 7:09 am Link to this comment

rfidler, December 25 at 4:08 pm

So, fair and balanced is what you seek then? Or is it simply that you dont want to know?

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By samosamo, December 25, 2009 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Well, hell, arms, weapons, munitions death misery and suffering
is our sole sustaining export now that helps keep the criminal
elite coming up with other ways of ‘conquering’ the rest of the
world and actually the big bear is a stumbling block and from
the latest from russia, they are starting to update their nuclear
stock piles, so how about them apples america? Want to just go
ahead and nuke them, why not, we seem to be itching to nuke
somebody for shits and giggles just to prove that we will again
attack another country with nuclear weapons.

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By lichen, December 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

The US is the greatest arm dealer; arming despotic regimes and government death squads from Israel to Columbia.  And for US humanitarian disaster relief, just look to New Orleans.

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By rico, suave, December 25, 2009 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

“While the U.S. is by far the world’s largest arms supplier, Russia has reportedly signed a deal with Myanmar…”

This leader is beyond parody. It’s like the mock NY Times headline, “Earthquake rocks LA- women and minorities suffer most.”

When will truthdig post a headline which starts, “While the US is by far the greatest supplier of humanitarian disaster relief…”

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