ME and Ophelia

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

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Russia speeds up order at request of Sudanese Government

Further to my post dated July 11, 2004 re Sudan's 12 new MiG fighters, the following report says the contract was signed in late 2001, for completion by the end of 2004, but the Sudanese government "desired to speed up this process":

Excerpt from July 21 News from Russia report:

"Today, the Russian aircraft manufacturing corporation MiG is to accomplish a contract on supplies of 12 MiG-29 fighters to Sudan, Yury Chervakov, the head of the corporation's press service, told RBC. The contract signed in late 2001 envisaged the delivery of 10 MiG-29SE fighters, two MiG-29UBs and different types of special equipment to Sudan.

According to Chervakov, the last two MiG-29SEs will be sent to Sudan on board a cargo aircraft from the Tretyakovo airfield in the Moscow region. Chervakov noted that the contract was to be completed by the end of 2004, however the Sudanese government desired to speed up this process."

Update: July 22: July 22: Amnesty International on Wednesday blasted Russia for shipping warplanes to Sudan. In a rare news conference Wednesday, the Sudanese amabassador to Moscow said his country was "very satisfied" with Russia for filling a 12-ject order five months ahead of schedule.
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My note: The Western world is busting its gut to pay for and get food and assistance to 1m+ refugees in Chad and Sudan. Bashir and his gang must think we're mugs that are soft in the head. Bet they are laughing all the way to to the bank. How much do 12 MiGs cost? And how much does it cost to feed one million displaced people from Sudan?

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 7/21/2004
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