Press Bulletin of the Embassy of the Russian Federation/

 

23-07-2004


Alexander Yakovenko, the Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Russian Media Question Regarding Supply of Russian MIG-29 Aircraft to Sudan

Question: The US Department of State has voiced extreme concern over the news about supplies of Russian MIG-29 aircraft to the Republic of Sudan. How would you comment on this?

Yakovenko: What we are talking about is the execution of the contract signed with our Sudanese partners in 2001 on the supply of Russian MIG-29 fighters. These supplies, just as our overall contacts with the government of the Republic of Sudan in this sphere, are based on an appropriate intergovernmental agreement. In developing our cooperation in the sphere of military technology with foreign countries, including Sudan (which, incidentally, is not subject to any international restrictions), Russia is strictly abiding by all its commitments under the relevant arms export regimes and accords.

Naturally, the implementation of the earlier contracts with the Sudanese government on military technology supplies is absolutely unrelated to the latest developments in Sudan and around it. Russia is energetically supporting the efforts of the international and African communities for the normalization of the situation in Sudan's Darfur Province, for the cessation of armed clashes there and for the immediate and unobstructed delivery of humanitarian relief to the local civilian population.

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