Reference News Network reported on May 20 that Russian media said the United States intended to provide financial support to countries willing to give up purchasing Russian weapons. Previously, the secret plan was aimed only at Eastern European countries that were once members of the Warsaw Treaty Organization, and now it will be applied globally.
The Russian newspapers website quoted US Defense No. 1 as saying on May 18 that since 2018, the European Capital Restructuring Incentive Scheme has been implemented in six European countries: the United States has provided them with funds to encourage the latter to buy American weapons to replace Soviet-made infantry combat vehicles, armoured personnel carriers and helicopters still in service. Slovakia, for example, received $50 million for helicopters and Croatia $25 million for infantry vehicles. Now the United States intends to extend the scope of the plan to the world.
The goal is to help our partners prevent Russian contractors, service personnel and Russian-made spare parts from entering the supply chain of NATO military bases, said a State Department official.
Reported that the plan stipulates that participating states are obliged to abandon Russian-made weapons, no longer buy them in the future, and allocate part of their own funds to buy American weapons. This will involve a lot of money.
Expanding the scope of the program globally means that an average of 50 million to 100 million dollars per country can be allocated to upgrade military equipment, the report said.
The U.S. State Department says countries that continue to buy spare parts for weapons and equipment from Russia may face U.S. sanctions.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Wang Xu_NBJS8023