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Russia laments ‘unfair’ US arms competition in RI

  • Dian Septiari and Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 21 2019   /  12:25 am

Russia has expressed frustration over the “unfair” competition it faces in the arms trade with Indonesia, which, like other countries, is under the threat of United States sanctions.Speaking to reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia Oleg V. Kopylov said that while the Indonesian government had been straightforward about its intention to buy Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, not much had happened after the deal.Indonesia and Russia signed a US$1.14 billion purchase contract for 11 Sukhoi jets in February 2018, but neither side knows when the first delivery will happen.Kopylov said he believed the US wanted to remain the biggest exporter of arms and maintain its strength in the global arms race by preventing other countries from cooperating with Russia in the military and engineering spheres, as it had done with Turkey, India and China.“But co...