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‘Manifestation of hegemony’: China slams US sanctions over its Russian arms deal

China has hit back at US attempts to force it out of multiple billion-dollar arms deals with Russia, with a defense spokesperson stating that Washington has “no right to interfere” in the dealings of two sovereign states. Wu Qian’s comments come after the US State Department imposed sanctions on Thursday against Beijing’s defense procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EED), ...

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US sanctions aimed to squeeze ‘main competitor’ out of arms market – Moscow

The new punitive measures the US imposed on buyers of Russian weapons – China in particular – is just a sign of unfair competition, aiming to get rid of “hyper-competitive” Russian-made arms, the Kremlin says. Moscow is already “tired” of reacting to every single hostile move from Washington, but will not let the latest batch of restrictions go unpunished, Kremlin ...

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Arms giant Lockheed Martin's tribute to John McCain goes down… badly

It’s rare for a military contractor to go out of its way to highlight ties to elected officials, but US defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin wrote a most heartfelt eulogy to the late John McCain. Its sentiment was not appreciated. On Sunday, a day after the American politician’s death, the Maryland-based company took to its Twitter to call the long-serving Arizona senator ...

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Duterte rejects ‘imposed friendship’ & questions US reputation as 'peerless' arms supplier

Despite getting no guarantees that Philippines’ colonial-times ‘friend’ the US would ever supply him with weapons, President Duterte says he’ll meet top US officials, who want to stop him from buying arms from Russia and China. “It’s hard to say we are friends. We are friends but remember we are friends because you made us a colony years ago…It was ...

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ISIS receives arms, funding ‘under patronage’ of foreign special services & NGOs – Russia’s UN envoy

The remnants of ISIS continue to receive foreign funding and arms supplies, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council, adding that the terrorists are seeking to diversify their crippled sources of income. “Evidence continues to amass that weapons are being smuggled [to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group in Syria] from outside, including through semi-legal organizations or ...

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‘Who are you to warn us?’: Duterte hits back after US warning to stay away from Russian arms

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, slammed Washington for telling his country what weapons to buy, but appeased the Americans by saying that the submarines it may purchase from Russia won’t be used against them. Duterte was outraged by last week’s statement from US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs, Randall Schriver, who said that the Philippines “should think ...

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Kushner wants 'honest effort to disrupt' Palestinian refugee agency, Abbas up in arms

The Palestinian authorities have slammed a reported plan by the US President’s special adviser Jared Kushner to dismantle the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it’s a plot to take a key issue off any future negotiations. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has described the newly-surfaced plan, allegedly outlined by Kushner in internal correspondence in January, as a “continuation ...

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Kushner wants 'honest effort to disrupt' Palestinian refugee agency, Abbas up in arms

The Palestinian authorities have slammed a reported plan by the US President’s special adviser Jared Kushner to dismantle the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it’s a plot to take a key issue off any future negotiations. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has described the newly-surfaced plan, allegedly outlined by Kushner in internal correspondence in January, as a “continuation ...

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Philippines won’t stop buying Russian arms over US pressure – FM

The Philippines won’t stop purchasing weapons from Moscow, despite possible pressure from the US, the nation’s foreign minister has said in response to reports that Washington may introduce sanctions for arms deals with Russia. “I don’t think that we will give it up,” Alan Peter Cayetano said Thursday in Singapore at his meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. “It will ...

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Netanyahu threatens Iran with ‘all Israel’s arms’ if Tehran blocks key waterway off Yemen

Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out at Israeli arch-regional foe Iran, vowing that any attempt by Tehran to block the key waterway off Yemen’s coast would be met by force from the “international coalition” and Israel in particular. The harsh statements by the Israeli PM, who was speaking at a graduation ceremony for naval officers on Wednesday, were referring to the ...

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