Egypts purchase of Russian-Soviet 35 fighter jets threatens the United States or is subject to sanctions like Turkey

 Egypts purchase of Russian-Soviet 35 fighter jets threatens the United States or is subject to sanctions like Turkey

Russian-made Su-35 fighter aircraft

[Global Times comprehensive report] Egypt may become another target of US sanctions for purchasing Russian weapons. The United States threatened Egypt on the 9th after issuing an ultimatum to Turkey, saying that if Egypt purchased Russian military aircraft, the United States might impose sanctions on the country under the US Enemy State Sanctions Act, according to the Russian News Agency on the 9th.

Reported that a senior U.S. government official said on the 9th that Egypt and other countries should be aware of the possible consequences of purchasing Russian weapons according to the United States Enemy Sanctions Act passed in 2018. Within this legal framework, we do not have much flexibility, the official said. We have a similar situation with Turkey. The United States calls on those countries wishing to maintain and expand military cooperation with the United States to take this Law seriously. Russias Businessman previously said that Egypt and Russia have signed contracts to buy more than 20 Su-35 fighter planes from Russia, with a total transaction value of about $2 billion. The agreement came into force at the end of 2018 and Russia plans to start deliveries between 2020 and 2021. As of the date of publication, Egypt has not yet responded to the above-mentioned statement of the United States.

Some Russian experts said on the 9th that the threat from the United States is an act of extortion, exerting political and economic pressure on countries that are unwilling to buy weapons from the United States. The United States should understand that sanctions are a double-edged sword, which can also harm its own interests. Turkey has been threatened by the United States for purchasing the Russian S-400 air defense missile system. Turkish President Erdogan said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the 8th that no one can ask Turkey to give up buying the S-400. This involves Turkish sovereignty. Like other independent countries, this is Turkeys decision based on its own interests. (Liu Yupeng)

Source: Global Times - Global Network. More exciting, please log on to the World Wide Web responsible editor: Wang Xu_NBJS8023