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No impact on Russia’s helicopter supplies to Afghanistan

June 18, 2014, 20:12 UTC+3 PARIS
“We shall meet the demands of our customer (the United States and Afghanistan) but our supplier (Ukraine) will have to shoulder responsibility, too,” he says
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PARIS, June 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Breakup of military and technical cooperation between Russia and Ukraine will have no impact on chopper supplies to Afghanistan, the deputy director general of the Rosoboronexport state-run arms exporting company, Igor Sevastyanov, said on Wednesday.

“Despite the statements of Ukrainian President (Petro Poroshenko) on cancellation of cooperation with Russia in the military sphere and in defense-manufacturing, certain Ukrainian enterprises are set to preserve contract obligations to Russian defense industry,” Sevastyanov said at the Eurosatory 2014 International Land and Air-Land Defense and Security Exhibition.

“But if we face a stand-off, then there will be a problem, a temporary problem, though,” he said. “If (Ukraine) breaks the terms of component parts supplies (helicopter engines), regression claims will follow.”

“We shall meet the demands of our customer (the United States and Afghanistan) but our supplier (Ukraine) will have to shoulder responsibility, too,” he said.

Russia is now under the contract obligations on deliveries of 30 Mi-17B-5 helicopters to the United States whose ground forces transfer them to Afghanistan. The Afghan army has received 15 choppers under this contract, with Kazan Helicopter Plant as the principal executor.

Earlier ITAR-TASS reported quoting the Russian defence industry’s official as saying that this contract was expected to be implemented by November 2014 at the latest.

Overall, forty-eight Mi-17B-5 helicopters have reached Afghanistan via the US ground troops under the previous agreements.

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